In a statement delivered at the 140th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Doha, Qatar, speaker of Tajikistan’s lower house (Majlisi Namoyandagon) of parliament (Majlisi Oli), Shukurjon Zuhurov, reportedly noted on April 6 that Tajikistan is ready to cooperate with international organizations in addressing modern challenges and threats.

Tajik parliament speaker called on parliamentarians of the world to combine efforts to jointly counter global challenges and threats, according to Muhammadato Sultonov, a spokesman for the Majlisi Namoyandagon.   

Zuhurov reportedly further noted that the geography of instability in the world is extending and “negative effects of global challenges today pose threat to the foundations of world order and methods of international relations.”    

According to him, appearance of militants of the so-called Islamic State (IS) terror group in Afghanistan has exacerbated the already instable political and military situation in the neighboring country.   

Tajik parliament speaker noted that Tajikistan is supporter of a fair world system without wars and conflicts, expansion of cooperation and mutually beneficial partnership with all countries of the world.  

The 140th Assembly of the IPU is taking place in Doha from April 6 to April 10.  All IPU statutory bodies, including the Governing Council, Standing Committees, Committees on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians and on Middle East Questions, as well as the Forum of Women Parliamentarians and the Forum of Young MPs, are meeting on this occasion.  Theme of the General Debate: Parliaments as platforms to enhance education for peace, security and the rule of law.

According to Qatari news agencies, over 1600 parliamentarians, UN partners and experts from around the world gathered in Qatar for the 140th IPU Assembly.

Under the overarching theme of education for peace, the Assembly is also considering ways in which parliaments can boost gender equality – particularly in the region, take measures to counter terrorism, promote human rights and invest in renewable energy.

Established by Frederic Passy (France) and William Randal Cremer (United Kingdom) in 1889, the Inter-Parliamentary Union is a global inter-parliamentary institution.  It was the first permanent forum for political multilateral negotiations.  Initially, the organization was for individual parliamentarians, but has since transformed into an international organization of the parliaments of sovereign states.  The national parliaments of 178 countries are members of the IPU, and 12 regional parliamentary assemblies are associate members.  The IPU has permanent observer status at the United Nations General Assembly.