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Interparliamentary Friendship Groups

Inter-parliamentary friendship groups are the mechanisms that contribute to develop inter-parliamentary relations and cooperation. Inter-parliamentary friendship groups are mainly established in order to:

a) Develop close relations and cooperation between countries and parliaments,

b) Carry out official visits on the basis of reciprocity for the cooperation and promotion of countries,

c) Exchange views, and

d) Contribute to the development of friendship between countries.

Inter-parliamentary friendship groups are formed based on a decision of the GNAT after the government's opinion has been taken into account. All deputies have the right to take part in these groups. An inter-parliamentary friendship group is formed upon the application of at least ten deputies.

Inter-parliamentary friendship groups prepare their own regulations. These regulations should provide that:

a)  Political parties take part in a fair manner, both in the executive board of the inter-parliamentary friendship group and in the delegations,

b) A deputy does not serve on more than one executive board of inter-parliamentary friendship groups, and

c) Delegations include not only the members of the executive board, but also the other members of the friendship group.

External relations of the inter-parliamentary friendship groups are regulated and executed according to the approval of the Office of the Speaker and the principles of reciprocity. 

The Speaker may invite the head of an inter-parliamentary friendship group or any member to the delegations headed by himself or herself by taking the opinion of the political party group to which the member belongs.  

The deputies of the inter-parliamentary friendship groups who are going abroad are not required to speak a foreign language.

As the volume of Turkey's foreign activities has increased in recent years, the number of inter-parliamentary friendship groups has increased considerably. Currently, there are more than 100 inter-parliamentary friendship groups. The following table shows the number of the inter-parliamentary friendship groups established according to the legislative term:

 

 

Legislative Term

 

Years

Number of Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Groups

17

1983-1987

29

18

1987-1991

29

19

1991-1995

31

20

1995-1999

44

21

1999-2002

69

22

2002-2007

82

23

2007-2011

106

24

2011-2015

125

 

The heads of the inter-parliamentary friendship groups usually meet with the related country's ambassador and participate in official visits of the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister and ministers to relevant countries.

 

List of Friendship Groups

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