13 Oct 2017 19:47

Syria to propose discussion of ban on foreign interference in sovereign states' affairs at IPU assembly

ST. PETERSBURG. Oct 13 (Interfax) - In the course of the the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) assembly, the chairman of the People's Council of Syria, Hammouda Sabbagh, will raise the issue of the unacceptability of a third party interfering in the affairs of sovereign states.

"We will put forward a proposal to put a clause banning the interference in sovereign affairs of states by other international actors on the agenda of the IPU Assembly," Sabbagh said at a meeting with State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin on Friday.

It is also imperative to discuss the need to ban financing of terrorist organizations, Sabbagh said.

"This is a very correct initiative," Volodin said for his part.

"It was first considered at the Dhaka IPU session," Volodin said. "There was a very heated debate on this issue, and the IPU spoke unequivocally about non-interference in the domestic affairs of sovereign states," the Russian Duma speaker said.

"IPU members are more than ready for this talk," Volodin said.

The 137th IPU assembly is due to be held in St. Petersburg on October 14.