BGIPU hosting landmark visit of the Speaker of the Shura Council of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
BGIPU PRESS RELEASE: 3 MARCH 2013
The Chairman of the British Group Inter-Parliamentary Union (BGIPU), Mr Robert Walter MP, welcomed the arrival of a delegation from the Majils Ash-Shura, the Parliament of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia led by the Speaker, H.E. Dr. Abdullah ibn Muhammad Al ash-Sheikh.
Acknowledging the mutual benefits of this visit, Mr Walter said, “This first ever BGIPU visit from Saudi Arabia to the United Kingdom represents an important opportunity to further enhance dialogue and understanding between both our countries, particularly between our respective legislatures. We anticipate that the visit will play an important part in underscoring the depth of the bilateral relationship and the many areas of common interest we share”.
Mr Walter noted that following the recent historic appointment by His Majesty King Abdullah of 30 women to Saudi Arabia’s 150-seat parliament, he very much appreciated the inclusion in the Speaker’s delegation of two of the newly appointed female members. Mr Walter said, “The composition of the Speaker’s delegation highlights the landmark reforms taking place in the Shura Council to advance the cause of equality for women in Saudi Arabia. All UK parliamentarians participating in this visit look forward to welcoming and discussing these important steps with the Speaker and his delegation”.
During this 4-6 March inter-parliamentary visit, the delegation will be undertaking a range of official calls and bilateral discussions with counterparts in both Houses of Parliament, in addition to high-level meetings with Ministers and other senior representatives of the UK Government.