Meeting with President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Tulia Ackson

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The Inter-Parliamentary Union is an international non-government organisation that coordinates the activities of parliaments around the world. It was founded in 1889 and has observer status at the UN. The parliaments of 143 countries are members of the union.

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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Ms Ackson, first of all, let me thank you for coming to the BRICS Parliamentary Forum. I would like to note that 400 delegates from 18 countries are taking part in it, and this certainly indicates that both BRICS and the parliamentary dimension of BRICS cooperation are enjoying great interest and growing trust from the international community. This is understandable, because the principles of the BRICS work –true equality and consideration of each other's interests – cannot but attract participants in international activities.

Your union is a respectable organisation that was founded back in the late 19th century. Many countries are its members. We welcome the fact that it is now led by a representative of a developing economy in Africa. I am confident that this will be interesting for you.

On our part, we hope that you will support the work of the BRICS parliamentary dimension, which is important. Not only does it lay the foundation for joint work to strengthen the regulatory framework between participating states, but also it creates a favourable humanitarian atmosphere for achieving common development goals. Once again, I would like to thank you for your participation in the meeting of the BRICS countries’ parliamentarians.

Welcome.

To be continued.

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