The parliaments of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will join the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM), an international forum made up of lawmakers from the Euro-Mediterranean region’s parliaments.
At PAM’s 16th plenary session on March 9-10, the inclusion of the UAE’s Federal National Council (FNC) and Qatar’s Shoura Council will be finalized.
It will be hosted by the FNC and held in Dubai under the chairmanship of Italian MP Gennaro Migliore.
Other international entities tasked with encouraging security, stability, and peace in the Euro-Mediterranean area are supported by PAM.
It will be the first time PAM has met in the Arabian Peninsula since its founding in 2005. PAM has observer status at the United Nations General Assembly.
“Our vision is that peace, dialogue and cooperation in our Mediterranean region isn’t divisible, and the Gulf region isn’t far away from us,” Migliore told before traveling from Rome to Dubai.
In the past few years, both the FNC and the Shura Council “have been very active in all the activities of the assembly, especially regarding initiatives on counterterrorism and de-radicalization, as well as women’s empowerment and energy transition,” he added.
Water shortages, as well as developments in the Middle East and North Africa — including Libya, Syria, Lebanon, and Western Sahara — and Europe — including Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina — will be on the agenda for the next session, according to Migliore.
PAM is made up of 29 members, four associate member states, one candidate member, 60 guest/partner states and organizations, and 13 observer organizations.