PRESS RELEASE BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPEAKER: Speaker Farrugia meets President of the Republic of Albania Ilir Meta and addresses the 2nd session of the International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace

Speaker of the House of Representatives Angelo Farrugia had a bilateral meeting yesterday with President of the Republic of Albania Ilir Meta. Speaker Farrugia welcomed the excellent relations between the two countries and reaffirmed Malta’s commitment to support the accession of Albania to the European Union. He highlighted the importance of parliamentary diplomacy, acting as the basis for strong cooperation at a commercial level. The Speaker explained that Malta is currently experiencing a boom in its economy and excelling in various sectors such as healthcare, education, and tourism.

The Albanian President thanked the Speaker for the excellent relations between both countries and the two parliaments, particularly since the recent establishment of a parliamentary friendship group would further consolidate cooperation between the two institutions. Meta welcomed the recent visits held by business organisations in both countries and augured that the parliamentary friendship group acts as a spring board to speed up the establishment of concrete investment and business opportunities in Albania and Malta.

The Speaker also addressed the members of Parliament present for the 2nd session of the International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace (IPTP), hosted by the Parliament of Albania on 15-16 November 2018. Speaker Farrugia welcomed the proactive work of the IPTP and of the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace (GCTP) and congratulated the GCTP President Al-Jarwan for establishing close cooperation between the Council and the UN High Commission for Human Rights. This is an excellent opportunity to elevate the status of the GCTP and strengthen its position in the world.

The Speaker recalled parts from his opening speech delivered during the launch of the IPTP, which took place in Malta last July, and reiterated the importance of recognising that the concepts of tolerance and peace are an ongoing process and that these concepts require a reciprocal approach and the whole-hearted participation by everyone. Mr Speaker spoke on the role of members of Parliament to propagate values of tolerance and peace and the need to use similar inter-parliamentary fora to strengthen dialogue and create a vibrant hub to exchange different ideas and beliefs.

Speaker Farrugia explained that Malta has for a long time advocated for a more inclusive region and provided a neutral hub to facilitate dialogue and cooperation between states. He mentioned the recent exhibition organised by the Office of the President of Malta entitled The Majlis: Cultures in Dialogue, which is an excellent example of how interaction between the East and the West is a possible and desirable goal.

Concluding, Speaker Farrugia recalled that the UN celebrates today the Day of Tolerance, which falls exactly on 16 November, and quoted a thought by Saint Teresa of Culcutta who used to say that: if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

Mr Speaker is accompanied by Glenn Bedingfield, member the Committee of International Relations of the International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace.

The International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace, launched in Malta on 6 July 2018 is one of the two main pillars of the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace and enjoys worldwide membership. The International Parliament includes a total of five committees on: International relations, Legal Affairs, Women and Youth, Sustainable Development, and Peace and Tolerance.

The Global Council for Tolerance and Peace, was officially launched in Malta in November of 2017 and has the goals of promoting tolerance, peace and humanitarian action across the world. Through the adoption of democratic principles and international law, the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace aims to counter discrimination, religious sectarianism and ethnocentricity whilst promoting the role of women, youth and marginalized groups as key players in the development of just and peaceful societies.

Source: Government of Malta


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PRESS RELEASE BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPEAKER: Speaker Farrugia meets President of the Republic of Albania Ilir Meta and addresses the 2nd session of the International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace

Speaker of the House of Representatives Angelo Farrugia had a bilateral meeting yesterday with President of the Republic of Albania Ilir Meta. Speaker Farrugia welcomed the excellent relations between the two countries and reaffirmed Malta’s commitment to support the accession of Albania to the European Union. He highlighted the importance of parliamentary diplomacy, acting as the basis for strong cooperation at a commercial level. The Speaker explained that Malta is currently experiencing a boom in its economy and excelling in various sectors such as healthcare, education, and tourism.

The Albanian President thanked the Speaker for the excellent relations between both countries and the two parliaments, particularly since the recent establishment of a parliamentary friendship group would further consolidate cooperation between the two institutions. Meta welcomed the recent visits held by business organisations in both countries and augured that the parliamentary friendship group acts as a spring board to speed up the establishment of concrete investment and business opportunities in Albania and Malta.

The Speaker also addressed the members of Parliament present for the 2nd session of the International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace (IPTP), hosted by the Parliament of Albania on 15-16 November 2018. Speaker Farrugia welcomed the proactive work of the IPTP and of the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace (GCTP) and congratulated the GCTP President Al-Jarwan for establishing close cooperation between the Council and the UN High Commission for Human Rights. This is an excellent opportunity to elevate the status of the GCTP and strengthen its position in the world.

The Speaker recalled parts from his opening speech delivered during the launch of the IPTP, which took place in Malta last July, and reiterated the importance of recognising that the concepts of tolerance and peace are an ongoing process and that these concepts require a reciprocal approach and the whole-hearted participation by everyone. Mr Speaker spoke on the role of members of Parliament to propagate values of tolerance and peace and the need to use similar inter-parliamentary fora to strengthen dialogue and create a vibrant hub to exchange different ideas and beliefs.

Speaker Farrugia explained that Malta has for a long time advocated for a more inclusive region and provided a neutral hub to facilitate dialogue and cooperation between states. He mentioned the recent exhibition organised by the Office of the President of Malta entitled The Majlis: Cultures in Dialogue, which is an excellent example of how interaction between the East and the West is a possible and desirable goal.

Concluding, Speaker Farrugia recalled that the UN celebrates today the Day of Tolerance, which falls exactly on 16 November, and quoted a thought by Saint Teresa of Culcutta who used to say that: if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

Mr Speaker is accompanied by Glenn Bedingfield, member the Committee of International Relations of the International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace.

The International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace, launched in Malta on 6 July 2018 is one of the two main pillars of the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace and enjoys worldwide membership. The International Parliament includes a total of five committees on: International relations, Legal Affairs, Women and Youth, Sustainable Development, and Peace and Tolerance.

The Global Council for Tolerance and Peace, was officially launched in Malta in November of 2017 and has the goals of promoting tolerance, peace and humanitarian action across the world. Through the adoption of democratic principles and international law, the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace aims to counter discrimination, religious sectarianism and ethnocentricity whilst promoting the role of women, youth and marginalized groups as key players in the development of just and peaceful societies.

Source: Government of Malta


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