Tuesday, July 29, 2008

118 countries gather in Tehran

The 15th Foreign Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement has opened in Tehran with the inaugural speech of Iranian president.

"The world is on the verge of change. It is facing frustrating challenges," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told in part of his address at the opening ceremony on Tuesday.

Representatives from 118 NAM member states including 60 foreign ministers are taking part in the event, aiming to convey a message of solidarity for peace, justice and friendship.

The NAM foreign ministers will discuss the preparations as well as the agenda for the NAM Summit Meeting scheduled for July 2009 in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Founded in 1955, the Non-Aligned Movement is an organization of states not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc.

As stipulated in the 1979 Havana Declaration, the organization aims to ensure "the national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, and security of non-aligned countries" and to "struggle against imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism, racism, Zionism, and all forms of foreign aggression, occupation, domination, interference or hegemony as well as against great powers and bloc politics".

Iran, Egypt, Turkey, Chile, Cuba, India, Malaysia, Nicaragua., Dominican Republic, Turkey, South Africa, Colombia, Brazil and Venezuela are major NAM members.

adapted from: Press TV

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