Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council, FNC, met Akihiko Nakajima, Ambassador of Japan to the UAE, at the FNC headquarters today.
At the start of the meeting, which was attended by Ahmed Shabib Al Dhaheri, Secretary-General of the FNC, Dr. Al Qubaisi welcomed Nakajima, who assumed his role in February, and wished him luck in strengthening cooperation between the UAE and Japan.
During the meeting, both sides agreed on the importance of coordinating their stances on Inter-Parliamentary Union events, and enhancing parliamentary relations to meet the goals of their leaderships and the people.
Dr. Al Qubaisi explained the development of the UAE’s parliamentary system, the details of a programme announced by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in 2005 to empower the FNC, and the history of the FNC elections that took place in 2006, 2011 and 2015.
She also noted the FNC’s efforts to encourage the participation of UAE citizens in the decision-making process by increasing the number of electoral authorities and female voters, as well as His Highness Sheikh Khalifa’s decision to increase the percentage of female members at the FNC to 50 percent at its next session.
Dr. Al Qubaisi extended an invitation to the Japan’s Speaker of Parliament, to visit the FNC in a bid to further strengthen relations, launch friendship committees, and exchange knowledge and expertise between the two countries.
Nakajima praised the historic relations between the UAE and Japan, expressing his appreciation of the UAE’s role in combatting terrorism and extremism, as well as its global humanitarian and development efforts.
He also stressed the importance of exchanging parliamentary visits and discussing issues of common interest to strengthen relations.