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Parliament to support Libya's call for a 5+5 Speakers' meeting

The Maltese Parliament is to support a request by the Libyan General People’s Congress for a 5+5 Speakers' meeting to be held in Morocco in the margins of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean’s 5th General Assembly, being held between October 28 and 30.

Speaker Michael Frendo will be communicating with the Moroccan organisers and with PAM about support for this request.

Dr Frendo was on a bilateral visit to Libya last month to meet Mohammed Al Zwei, secretary of the General People’s Congress and Suleiman Shahoumi, secretary of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Congress.

He extended an invitation for Mr Zwei to visit Malta to maintain the dialogue between the Maltese Parliament and Libya’s General People’s Congress, remarking that next year will be the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the Maltese Parliament.

Dr Frendo remarked about the consensus in the Maltese Parliament about the importance of strong Malta-Libya relations and emphasised that his brief visit was to further strengthen these relations on a parliamentary level.

He said that parliamentary diplomacy was now an accepted regular feature of international relations and represented a ‘soft’ approach to dialogue and communication between countries.

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