MADRID – The Speaker of the Shoura Council of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh will lead the Kingdom’s delegation to attend the 143rd General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Madrid, Spain, on Friday.

The meetings of the General Assembly and the Governing Council will take place from November 26th to 30th under the theme “Contemporary Challenges to Democracy: Overcoming Divisions and Building Community”.

Al Al-Sheikh pointed out that the Shoura Council’s participation in the IPU meetings followed the instructions of the Government of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of the Guardian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister, embodied. To participate effectively in the international event to emphasize the central role of the Kingdom in meeting the urgent needs of the world.

He also noted that the meeting raised several issues of global concern in maintaining lasting international peace, the role of parliaments in the threat of change in arms transfer, existing international efforts to end and promote the threats of the coronavirus pandemic International efforts will address the global safeguarding of vaccines in a way that will help fight this pandemic, as well as discussions on measures to deal with the effects of climate change on natural resources and the role of parliaments in protecting the environment and water.

He added that, during each session and since its inception, the IPU meeting aims to discuss issues that will bring peace and cooperation between different peoples to life, improve the work of parliamentary institutions and assist parliamentary diplomacy in addressing issues that Peoples and countries in the vicinity affect the world.

The participation of members of the Shoura Council will witness several meetings held by the four standing committees of the IPU and the meetings of its Governing Council to discuss issues on the agenda of the current meeting. The General Secretary of the Shoura Council Mohammed bin Dakhil Al-Mutairi will attend the meetings of the General Secretaries of the national parliaments.

The IPU was founded in 1889 and its members represent more than 179 parliaments. – SPA