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Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic Speaking Countries

TURKPA attended Inaugural Meeting of the Parliamentary Network of the Non-Aligned Movement

TURKPA delegation headed by Secretary General Mr. Mehmet Süreyya Er participated at the Inaugural Meeting of the Parliamentary Network of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) held on 28 November 2021 in Madrid, Spain on the margins of 143rd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

The Inaugural Meeting of the Parliamentary Network took place at the suggestion of the Azerbaijani side and hosted by Ms. Sahiba Gafarova, Speaker of the Milli Majlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan in her capacity as the head of delegation of the NAM Chairing country.

Besides Azerbaijan, the Inaugural Meeting was attended by the delegations of Kazakhstan and Turkey from TURKPA member countries. Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Mr. Mustafa Şentop made a speech at the meeting. The statements by leaders of the attending delegations, as well as heads of international organizations were heard during the Session.

In his speech, TURKPA Secretary General emphasized successful initiatives implemented under the Azerbaijani Presidency of the Non-Aligned Movement in various fields, in particular the convening of a special session of the UN General Assembly to combat COVID-19, as well as the steps taken to promote the fair distribution of vaccines in the fight against the pandemic. He also noted remarkable role of the Chairman of the Movement, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Ilham Aliyev, in these processes. Secretary General stressed the importance of the parliamentary diplomacy in the 21st century world and expressed his confidence that the establishment of the Parliamentary Network of the NAM will contribute to strengthening the international prestige and impact of the Movement. Secretary General concluded that it was crucial to participate in the work of the Parliamentary Network of the NAM and partake in effective cooperation in this context.

At the end of the Inauguration Meeting participants adopted Madrid Declaration on establishment of the Parliamentary Network of the Non-Aligned Movement.

The Inaugural Meeting continued with Gala Dinner accompanied by the concert.

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