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Parliament, AIPU chief stresses need for 'Influential' global support of Arab affairs
April 22, 2014, 9:22 am

Kuwaiti parliament speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim said his recent visits to several "influential" parliaments in Europe are part of a foreign policy to discuss Arab issues, including others to permanent UNSC member nations.

"Most influential nations in the world, at the moment, are democratic nations whose governments cannot make decisions without parliamentary approval," he told KUNA, referring to the need to gain their support on issues that affect the Arab world, particularly on Palestinian affairs.

Al-Ghanim, also chief of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU), was representing Kuwait at talks of the Arab Parliament, which is an Arab League-affiliate organisation set up in 2001, different than the AIPU.

He went on to stress the need for both parliamentary bodies to work together on addressing these matters. He also explained that both could focus on "other specialized matters" in a "technocratic manner - whereby each could practice their role in order to save time and effort.

"The Arab Parliament has an important role on this as it represents the Arab people. And this is why the voice of the Arab people should be clear and resounding," he added.

The cooperation between both these bodies is something the senior parliamentary figure said he would be discussing with Arab League Secretary General Nabil Al-Araby in a meeting tomorrow.
"We are all working in our respective positions according to the same goals and aspirations and thus, coordination is a duty for us to carry out what the people who got us to these positions require us to do," he concluded.

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