Iran invites Ukrainian president to NAM summit in Tehran
In an official visit to Kiev, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Behrouz Kamalvandi met with and extended President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s invitation of his Ukrainian counterpart to the country’s Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko on Friday,
Meanwhile, acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas is reportedly going to attend the next NAM summit in Tehran
The 16th summit of the NAM member states will be held between August 26 and August 31 in the Iranian capital.
Iran will assume the rotating presidency of the movement for three years during the Tehran summit.
NAM, an international organization with 120 member states and 17 observer countries, is considered as not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc.
The organization was founded in the former Yugoslavia in 1961. The countries of the Non-Aligned Movement represent nearly two-thirds of the UN members and contain 55% of the world population.
NAM’s purpose, as stated in the Havana Declaration of 1979, is to ensure “the national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of non-aligned countries.”