The parliament of Turkmenistan has decided to join the oldest international interparliamentary organization – the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the country’s application can be granted at the upcoming October assembly of the Ministry of Railways in St. Petersburg. This was stated to journalists by Federation Council Chairman Valentina Matvienko after a meeting with Speaker of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan Akja Nurberdiyeva.
“We are very pleased that the parliament of Turkmenistan has decided to join the Inter-Parliamentary Union,” the speaker said, recalling that this is the “oldest international interparliamentary structure, which includes 172 states, that is, perhaps, the interparliamentary dimension of the UN.”
“In October this year, the 137th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union will be held in St. Petersburg, and we are happy that Turkmenistan will join the IPU during the assembly that will be held in Russia,” Matvienko continued. According to her, this “opens new opportunities for the Turkmen parliament for international cooperation and interaction with other parliaments.” “We will create all conditions for this application to be satisfied and Turkmenistan entered this large international interparliamentary family on an equal footing,” the speaker of the upper chamber of the Russian parliament promised.