Troika-Plus meeting of APA starts


Troika-Plus meeting of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) will start on Tuesday.

The Senate of Pakistan is hosting the meeting.

Around 30-40 delegates from different countries including Afghanistan, Bahrain, Cambodia, Indonesia, Iran, Jordon and Syria will participate in the important meeting. The theme of the meeting is “Transformation of APA into Asian Parliament”.

Asian Parliamentary Assembly President Nayyer Hussain Bokhari, First Vice President of the National Assembly of Cambodia and deputy speaker of Syria will address the inaugural session of the meeting whereas Senate Secretary Amjad Pervez Malik will deliver welcome address.

In the first two sessions, the meeting would adopt agenda and would discuss the implementation of the decision of the 6th plenary session held in Islamabad last year in December.

It includes strategy to be adopted for gradual transformation of APA into Asian Parliament, formation of eminent persons group, enhancing interaction of APA with established Asian Forums in Parliamentary, executive and economic fields and recent developments in Asia, and ways and means to curb violence, promote dialogue and peace in Asian sub-regions.

In the concluding session, the report of the Troika plus meeting and Islamabad communiqué‚ would also be adopted.

The Senate of Pakistan, last year in December, hosted 6th Plenary of the APA in Pakistan. More than 240 delegates from 31 countries participated in the conference which helped in projecting the positive image of the country at international level.