The International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace (IPTP) was at the weekend inaugurated in the Maltese capital, Valetta, to promote cooperation and exchange of ideas and experiences on many national and international issues facing international peace.

The first procedural session of the parliament, which took place at the Maltese Parliament, witnessed the emergence of Taulant Balla of the Parliament of Albania as the pioneer President, while the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, was elected the Chairman of the Committee on Legal and Legislative Matters.

Addressing the inaugural session, the President of the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace (GCTP), the parent body of IPTP, Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Jarwan, described the Parliament as a unique approach to promoting global peace.

He stressed that in a world faced by terrorism, extremism, violence, religious, ethnic, sectarian and racial strife, the role of parliamentarians was no longer limited to delivering the voice of their constituencies on a national level only, but also at the international level to promote tolerance and peace.

On his part, Ekweremadu described the specialised parliament as “an ingenious approach to the search for a new global order of tolerance and peace”.

The event, which enjoyed the presence of 54 heads and representatives of national and regional parliaments from around the world, established five Executive Committees on Legal and Legislative Affairs, International Relations, Youth and Women, Peace Instilling and Sustainable Development.

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