On the invitation of the Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Iran, ECO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Jandos Asanov participated in the opening session of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly’s (APA) Budget and Planning Standing Committee and the Working Group on Statutory Documents on July 11, 2023.
The meeting was attended by the representatives of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bahrain, Palestine, United Arab Emirates, Türkiye, Iraq, Indonesia, Lebanon, China, Qatar, Syria, Kuwait, India, Russia, Vietnam, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, Arab Parliament and Azerbaijan.
H.E. Dr. Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf, Speaker of the Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Iran in his welcoming remarks stated that the continent of Asia is at the center of global geopolitical developments and enjoys a pivotal position in the international scene. He added that the presence of ancient civilizations and the transformation of the Asian continent into the center of the economic power of the international system have led to the description of the 21st century in the form of the term “Asian century” in political literature.
The APA was established in 2006 at the Seventh Session of the Association of Asian Parliamentary for Peace (AAPP). It has 42 Member Parliaments and 16 observers.
The Assembly has been created as a forum to exchange views, ideas, and experiences for developing common strategies and promoting peace in Asia and the world.