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Russian Parliamentary Delegation at 136th Assembly of Inter-Parliamentary Union in Dhaka

A representative delegation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation headed by Deputy Chairperson of the Council of the Federation Ilyas Umakhanov and Deputy Chairperson of the State Duma Pyotr Tolstoy took part in the 136th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Dhaka on April 1-5, 2017. The Russian delegation included such outstanding lawmakers as Konstantin Kosachev, Vice-President of the IPU and Chairperson of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs, Lilia Gumerova, First Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council Committee on Science, Education, Culture and Information Policy, and Leonid Slutsky, Chairperson of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs.

 The Assembly adopted the resolution on the role of parliament in respecting the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of states which was sponsored by the delegation of our country. Members of the organization also endorsed the Russian initiative to create a working group of the IPU Executive Committee on Syria aimed at maintaining the peaceful process in this country, and discussed the Russian draft resolution “Sharing our Diversity: the 20th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Democracy” which is supposed to be adopted during the next IPU session in October this year. On the sidelines of the Assembly, the Russian delegation held bilateral meetings with parliamentary delegations from Argentina, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Iran, Namibia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries.

Within the framework of the IPU Forum of Young Parliamentarians, Russian participants made a presentation on the XIX World Festival of Youth and Students to be held in Moscow and Sochi in October this year. The Forum decided to form a special delegation to take part in the Festival.

The joint work within the IPU will be continued at the 137th Assembly in Saint Petersburg on October 14-18, 2017. The head of the Russian delegation Ilyas Umakhanov stressed that Russia will do everything necessary to provide a successful organization of the event. The senator called upon the IPU members to develop the inter-parliamentary dialogue for the purpose of eliminating all forms of inequality and fighting international terrorism.