CAIRO: A parliamentary delegation has flown to Lusaka, Zambia Friday morning to take part in the 134th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly, scheduled for March 18-23, Youm7 reported.
This came after a delegation from the (IPU), headed by senior adviser Ambassador Mokhtar Omar 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.
Egypt’s delegation is headed by parliament speaker Ali Abdel Al and comprises the parliament Secretary-General Ahmed Saad el Ddin, head of the parliamentary bloc, Alaa Abed, appointed MP Rania Elwani and Ambassador Mohamed al Orabi.
The assembly brings together MPs from around the world to discuss at international issues and make recommendations for action. Counter-terrorism and illegal immigration are among major issues to be discussed during the meetings.
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.