On April 6, 2019 – H.E Dr. Faizullah Kakar, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, attended the Opening Ceremony of the 140th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) at Sheraton Doha, along with the Delegates of the National Assembly of Afghanistan. H.H. the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani inaugurated the ceremony with a stirring speech. Other speakers at the Opening Ceremony included HE the Advisory Council Speaker Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud, the President of IPU Gabriela Cuevas Barron, the Secretary-General of IPU Martin Chungong, and the Under-Secretary for the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office, Vladimir Voronkov.
The Opening was also attended by HE the Prime Minister of Qatar, several other ministers, Advisory Council members and heads of diplomatic missions in Qatar as well as the Parliament speakers and heads of delegations from 160 states. The IPU is taking place from 6 – 10 April 2019, under the title “Parliaments as platforms to enhance education for peace, security, and the rule of law”.
At the Opening Ceremony, H.E Dr. Faizullah Kakar met with the Speaker of the Parliament of Iran, H.E. Ali Larijani. They spoke of Qatar’s great efforts in bringing peace and stability and of its people’s generosity. They also spoke of the bilateral relations between Afghanistan and Iran.