PAP President Charumbira preaches unity at OIC Conference - AFRICAN PARLIAMENTARY NEWS



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PAP President Charumbira preaches unity at OIC Conference

President of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), H.E. Chief Fortune Z. Charumbira on Sunday took his message of unity that has characterized the Pan-African Parliament since the election of the new leadership in June 2022 to the 17th Session of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Member States Conference (PUIC) in Algeria.

The extension of invitation to the PAP President to address the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUIC) as the Guest of Honour is a testament to how the Legislative arm of the African Union (AU) has successfully positioned itself as a key player in the strengthening of continental solidarity, cooperation and development; promotion of peace, security and stability; and pursuit of prosperity for all peoples.

OIC is the second largest inter-governmental organization with a membership of 57 states spread over four continents. Of the 54 member parliaments of the PUIC, 27 are African countries and members of the PAP.

“We are one,” H.E. Chief Charumbira reminded the audience as he described how both the PAP and the PUIC are driven by a shared value to foster unity among peoples of the world in order to respect and defend human rights and humanitarian principles and establish peace, based on justice. “Let us move forward with a common agenda to strengthen our unity and tackle our common challenges. We need to engage further and craft a practical roadmap” he added.

H.E. Chief Charumbira touted collaboration with the PUIC on food security, climate change, peace and security among others. The President of Africa’s largest Parliamentary institution also seized the opportunity of his first address to the PUIC to assure his audience that the Parliament of Africa stands with the Islamic world against islamophobia.

He condemned attacks on Islamic assets, institutions and principles and condemned in strong terms, the burning of the Holy Quran in front of the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.


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