State Duma Speaker Received Invitation to Visit United Arab Emirates

The speaker of the State Duma of the Russian Federation will visit the United Arab Emirates.

Vyacheslav Volodin | Photo © RIA Novosti (Evgeny Biyatov)

The Speaker of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Volodin accepted the invitation of the Chairman of the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates Amal Al Kubeisi to visit the country.

A bilateral meeting between Volodin and Amal Al Qubeisi took place on the sidelines of the International Forum "Development of Parliamentarism".

"We hope for wide cooperation on various sides. We are proud of our relations with Russia. There are constant direct contacts between our leaders. And our peoples are friends," said Amal Al Kubeysi, adding that she is waiting for Volodin in the UAE in the near future.

The State Duma speaker accepted the invitation, saying that he would also be glad if Amal Al Kubaisi will pay an official visit to the Russian Federation.

"Our countries have reached a new level of strategic cooperation. Our leaders are doing a lot to develop relations between our states. For our part, we must also do everything possible to strengthen relations, increase trade, and we better understand each other." - said Volodin.

According to him, it would also be right for the parliaments of the two countries "to think over how to find new forms of cooperation."

The parties during the meeting also discussed a settlement in Syria.

Amal Al Qubeisi, on behalf of the people of her country, thanked Russia for protecting the civilian population in Syria and freeing this country from terrorists. She recalled that this is a problem for the entire region and in the UAE today there are more than 250 thousand Syrians, expressing the hope that soon they will be able to return to their homeland.

"Russia has liberated almost 80% of Syria’s territory from terrorists. You play a big role in Syria. The United Arab Emirates primarily supports political, not military decisions, and we want to work with Russia to help Syrian citizens and support the Syrian parliament," said Amal Al Qubeisi.

The international forum "Development of parliamentarism", organized by the State Duma of the Russian Federation, is being held in Moscow on July 1-3, 2019. This year, guests from 132 countries arrived in the capital - about 800 parliamentarians and experts. Among the participants of the Forum - 41 speakers.

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