Al-Ghanim urges int’l action against arrogance of Israel

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The AIPU meeting awarding ceremony
The AIPU meeting awarding ceremony

CAIRO, April 10, (KUNA): Kuwaiti National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim said on Sunday Arab parliaments should seek an organized international parliamentary move to put an end to Israeli arrogance. “I urge Arab parliaments to contribute to an international parliamentary move involving the member states of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)…a move that reactivates the role of Arab parliamentary diplomacy towards critical issues, primarily the Palestinian cause,” Al-Ghanim addressed the 23th conference of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU) held at the Cairo-based Arab League. He voiced confidence that all Arab parliaments can take effective steps in this regard, capitalizing on their broad regional and international relations.

In this context, he pointed to the spirit of relentless cooperation and responsibility that was reflected by all Arab parliaments and all practices of altruism and sacrifice during his chairmanship of the AIPU. The Kuwaiti parliament speaker stressed that the Palestinian issue is of paramount significance to the entire Arab world, noting that the AIPU had paid much attention to this issue.

“We have focused during our AIPU presidency on our main issue (Palestine) as we reject defeat from within. Even if we lose our political, military and psychological battles, our defeat at the Arab psychological level is a serious and disastrous matter,” Al- Ghanim argued.

Therefore, he urged the new AIPU presidency to continue setting top priority to the Palestinian cause, and to give much support to the struggle of the Palestinian people Challenges The 23th conference of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU), which kicked off at the Arab League today, revolves around the role that can be played by Arab parliaments to address the region’s current risks and challenges and to overhaul legislations and laws in the Arab world. Speakers at the consultative meeting of heads of Arab parliaments agreed Saturday the Kuwait, under His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, plays a pivotal role in solving the problems of the Arab countries.

They spoke highly of the efforts of His Highness the Amir to settle the crisis in Yemen and host the peace talks, Kuwaiti MP Khalil Abdullah told KUNA tonight after attending the meeting on behalf of the National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al- Ghanim. “The conferees thanked Al-Ghanim for the quantum leap the Arab parliamentary action got during his presidency of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU),” Abdullah said. Regarding the topics on the agenda of the 23rd conference of the AIPU, he said the conference, on Sunday, will discuss the recommendations of the justended the 19th session of the executive committee of the Union.

“The Palestine questions continues to be a central issue for the Arab and Muslim nations despite the attempts of certain powers to distract our attention from it,” he said, noting that all top lawmakers of the Arab countries are unanimous on this question. “The participants at today’s meeting welcomed Al-Ghanim’s initiative in support of the Palestinian people, which is a humanitarian issue in the first place,” Abdullah pointed out. The initiative envisages the AIPU contacting parliamentarians around the globe and backing the Arab diplomatic lobbying effort for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, he added.

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