Renewed focus on global security highlighted at London conference 

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Mr Akbar Khan has highlighted the need for international cooperation beyond national boundaries at the International Parliamentary Conference (IPC) on National Security and Cybersecurity in London, United Kingdom. The CPA Secretary-General emphasised the importance of international networks, including the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, in addressing national security issues. The conference organised by the UK branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA UK) brings together Parliamentarians from around the world.

The International Parliamentary Conference was formally opened with an address from the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Defence, Rt. Hon. Sir Michael Fallon MP who began with reference to last week’s attack on Westminster and underlined the international nature of the victims, who included citizens from France, the United States, Romania and South Korea as well as the United Kingdom. On a global level, Sir Michael emphasised the importance of international networks, including the Commonwealth, in addressing national security issues. The shared history of the Commonwealth, as well as its Charter which sets out a commitment to human rights, peace and stability, means the network of 52 nations can play an important role on the global stage.  Sir Michael also advocated democracy as the greatest weapon against aggression, terrorism and threats to national security.


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