ABU DHABI, 27th June, 2016 (WAM) — Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC) has discussed with Maya Tissafi, Ambassador of Switzerland to the UAE, ways to enhance parliamentary cooperation between the UAE and Switzerland.

They also discussed the keenness of the leaders in both countries to boost relations in light of variety of opportunities in economic, investment, political, tourist and cultural, innovation and research, sciences and renewable energy domains.

Ambassador Tissafi congratulated Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi on her election as the FNC speaker, adding that being the first Arab woman to head a legislative body, and creation of Ministries of Tolerance, Happiness and Youth, reflect the UAE’s development in various fields. She indicated that the UAE’s experience attracts admiration from the whole world and other international competent authorities.

They also discussed the importance of developing parliamentary ties between the FNC and the Federal Assembly- The Swiss Parliament through exchange of visits, strengthening of parliamentary co-operation through participation in international events, and activation of co-ordination between the two parliaments regarding various issues of common interest.

Dr. Al Qubaisi and Swiss envoy also discussed the FNC’s participation in the Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting due to be held next October and pans to hold coordination meetings with the Swiss Parliament. Dr. Al Qubaisi indicated the importance of FNC’s hosting of the Meeting of Women Speakers of Parliament in cooperation with Inter-Parliamentary Union.

She stressed that the UAE is committed to supporting the refugees to ensure security and stability in areas of conflicts, and provide necessary needs to help them overcome the plight.

The UAE official stressed that the fight against terrorism requires liquidation of terror funding sources.

On her part, the Swiss Ambassador hailed the role played by the UAE to provide development humanitarian assistance to the underprivileged in various countries across the world. She added that there are some common denominators between the two peoples and countries.

She reiterated that the Swiss Parliament discussed the Syrian refugees’ issue to provide aid for them in Lebanon and Jordan.

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