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Lawmakers to attend IPU meeting

Lawmakers to attend IPU meeting

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Feb 27, 2011 - 19:15

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Five Afghan lawmakers would take part in a gathering of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), officials said on Sunday.

Established in 1889 to solve problems of, and promote interaction among, member parliaments, the organisation meets twice a year. Afghanistaninfo-icon got IPU membership in 2007.

The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon received an invitation from IPU to its upcoming meeting, to be held in Panama on April 10, the assembly's International Relations Commission head, Noor Rahman Ezedyar, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

"The Afghan parliamentary delegation will have three Wolesi Jirga and two Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon members," he said, adding that the participants were yet to be named.

Samiullah Hussaini, in charge of the inter-parliamentary union, said the Panama session would be the 124th meeting of the forum, which promotes an exchange of parliamentary experiences.

Sayed Ishaq Gilani, a member of Wolesi Jirga who had attended the 122nd IPU gathering, called Afghanistan's membership of the union as an important development.

The IPU is the focal point for worldinfo-icon-wide parliamentary dialogue and works for peace and cooperation among peoples and for the firm establishment of representative democracy.

It considers questions of international interest and concern and expresses its views on such issues in order to bring about action by parliaments and parliamentarians.

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