IPU delegation in Cairo to discuss resumption of Egypt’s membership
Headquarters of the IPU in Geneva. Reuters.
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CAIRO: A delegation from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) arrived in Cairo Saturday for talks on restoring Egypt’s membership at the union after being frozen in 2013 for not having an active parliament, Youm7 reported.

Headed by the IPU’s senior adviser Ambassador Mokhtar Omar, the delegation will meet with Egyptian officials, including Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel to discuss the issue and to finalize measures needed to reactivate the membership.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has suspended the membership of Egypt at its 129th Assembly held in Geneva after the military-backed ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following a mass protest against his rule.

The IPU is an international organization of parliaments which seeks to promote dialogue and ensure peace and co-operation between peoples and their representative democracies.

On Jan. 10, Egypt’s parliament has convened for the first time in almost four years since it was dissolved.

 

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