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Iran: NAM Meeting to Commence on Sunday

Source: ISNA

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) meeting in Tehran will be commenced in expert-level on Sunday.

Iran's Foreign Minister Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast announced on Saturday that more than eighty countries will attend the NAM gathering in the foreign minister and higher level in the 16th NAM summit. The Nam summit agenda includes political, international, social and economic topics. Almost 50 countries will participate in the senior level including the presidents, kings and prime ministers and thirty countries in foreign minister level.

The NAM is the second greatest international body after the UN General Assembly that can have remarkable influence in international decision-making, he said.

Iran is to assume the three-year rotating presidency of NAM in Tehran's summit, he said and expressed hope that the international movement will do the best of its ability by the innovations and measures during this time.

The security of the summit is the highest priority of the country and Iran is completely prepared to establish security, he said.

Mehmanparast also referred to the final document of the summit comprised of 3 chapters and 688 articles saying it includes different political topics in regional and international domains including Syria, Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan.

He also announced that Tehran will raise a comprehensive proposal over the Syrian conflict on the sidelines of the summit to discuss it with the countries that are committed to the peaceful resolve of the issue.

When asked about Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh's presence in the summit, he explained," as the host of the meeting we are required to invite all of the members and the acting Palestinian Authority (PA) chief, Mahmoud Abbas has been invited as the official representative of Palestinians."

Iran has also invited special guests and will inform the media about their presence after it is finally affirmed whether they will attend the meeting, he said.

Meanwhile, about Turkish President Abdullah Gul he noted, Turkey as a NATO member can not hold NAM membership and was invited as a special gust but Gul will not participate in the summit because the Turkish Army Day will coincide with the event.

Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) countries

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