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100 countries will attend NAM summit in Iran

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

About 100 countries will participate in the Non-Aligned Movement summit which will be held later this month in Tehran, the NAM spokesman announced on Saturday.

NAM spokesman,
Mohammad Reza Forqani

Mohammad Reza Forqani told a press conference that 41 countries will participate at the highest level: 35 heads of state, five first vice presidents or vice presidents, and a parliament speaker.

21 countries will send their foreign ministers, 5 countries their president's special envoys, two countries at the level of minister other than foreign minister, he added.

Other countries will also be represented at the level of deputy minister, director general, or their ambassador at the United Nations, Forqani explained.

The spokesman said there are countries which are still announcing their attendance at the high-profile meeting.

Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) countries

NAM, founded in 1961, has 120 members. 21 countries have also been given observer status in the bloc.

Ban's withdrawal from NAM summit will diminish UN influence: Larijani

The Iranian Majlis speaker said on Sunday that fact that United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has decided to stay away from the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Tehran it will reduce the UN influence in the world.

Ali Larijani said if the UN is interested in "covering" the whole world, it must be actively involved in summits like NAM in Tehran.

Larijani went on to say that that the absence of the UN secretary general would not cause any problem for the summit, rather NAM has a "mechanism" which is "beneficial" for the UN.

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