NAM Parliamentary Network, ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly sign MoU

BAKU, Azerbaijan, March 13. Chair of
Azerbaijan’s Milli Majlis (Parliament) Sahiba Gafarova met with
Secretary General of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA)
Siti Rozaimeriyanty Dato Haji Abdul Rahman during a working visit
to the capital of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Manama, Trend reports via the

The high level of cooperation between the Azerbaijani
Parliament and the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly was noted
during the meeting. In addition, the granting of observer status to
the Parliament of Azerbaijan in the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary
Assembly last year was also mentioned. It was noted that usually,
parliaments have to wait for 2-3 years to obtain this status,
whereas Azerbaijan’s application was endorsed instantly.

Sahiba Gafarova, as Chair of the Parliamentary Network
of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), noted that the Network is
interested in striking up active ties with inter-parliamentary
entities, including the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly.
Speaking about the activities of the NAM Parliamentary Network, she
noted the broad international support for the significant
initiatives brought forth by President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan
in his capacity as the Chair of the NAM.

Sahiba Gafarova also spoke about the founding meeting
of the Network in Madrid in 2021, its first conference held in
Baku, and the preparations made for the second conference that is
due to take place in the Bahraini capital on March 13.

She also gave detailed information about the Network’s
growing cooperation with other inter-parliamentary organizations.
Gafarova noted that the NAM Parliamentary Network already has
observer status in three inter-parliamentary organizations: the
Asian Parliamentary Assembly, the Parliamentary Union of the Member
States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the Arab

The secretary general of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary
Assembly highly appreciated Azerbaijan’s successful chairmanship of
the NAM Parliamentary Network, and noted the broad international
approval of the steps taken by Azerbaijan to ensure the
institutional development of the Network.

Further, an exchange of opinions took place on other
issues of mutual interest. The meeting ended with the signing of a
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Parliamentary Network
of the Non-Aligned Movement and the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary

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