Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei is scheduled to deliver the opening speech.
The NAM summit, which brings together a number of prominent international figures, marks a turning point in the history of the Islamic Republic of Iran at a time when certain Western countries and the Zionist regime are making efforts to isolate Iran in the international arena.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, Bolivian President Evo Morales, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Kim Yong-nam, the chairman of the Presidium of the North Korean Supreme People’s Assembly (parliament), Kuwaiti Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Qatari Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Tajik President Emomali Rahmonov, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, Armenian President Serzh Sarkisyan, Lebanese President Michel Sulaiman, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe are some of the most important international figures who will be attending the summit.
The NAM meeting, which opened on Sunday, has been held at two other levels.
Expert-level meetings were held on August 26 and 27, during which delegates from the 120-member organization exchanged views on the latest developments in the world, issues related to NAM, and various other issues.
Foreign ministerial meetings were held on August 28 and 29.
An Iranian lawmaker says hosting the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit will expand Iran’s economic relations at international level.
“Hosting the Non-Aligned Movement summit and the presence of a large number of the world’s high-level delegations in Tehran will result in the expansion of Iran’s economic relations at the international level and increase export of Iranian products,” Seyyed Mousa Mousavi said on Monday.
“By holding the Non-Aligned Movement summit in our country, the Islamic Iran is once again in the limelight of the world media and public opinion and Tehran’s stances are presented from a more powerful position at international level with firm popular and political support,” he added.
Member of the Majlis (parliament) Energy Committee stated that high-level officials and heads of states should distance themselves from the pressures imposed by the west and in line with Iran, pursue the goals of the world’s independent nations.
The Iranian lawmaker also said that holding the Non-Aligned Movement summit can help Iran deal with the illegal and unilateral sanctions imposed by the US and the European Union against the Iranian nation.
More than 100 countries are partaking in the NAM meeting which kicked off at expert level in Tehran on Sunday.
At the opening ceremony of the NAM expert-level meeting, Iran assumed the rotating presidency of the movement for three years. Egypt’s Ambassador to the United Nations Mootaz Khalil formally handed over the presidency to Iran.
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the Non-aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Tehran is a good opportunity to expand ties among independent states, Press TV reported on Wednesday.
Independent countries should make the maximum use of the potentials of the NAM summit to expand cooperation, Ahmadinejad made the remark in a meeting with Namibian Foreign Minister Utoni Nujoma here on Tuesday on the sidelines of the NAM ministerial meeting.
The Namibian foreign minister, for his part, said that his country supports Iran’s NAM chairmanship and added the Non-aligned Movement provides a good opportunity for countries to counter extremism, according to the report.
Ahmadinejad underlined the need to strengthen the brotherly and friendly relations among independent governments and nations to achieve common objectives, said Press TV.
Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar told the 16th Non-Aligned Movement Summit’s Ministerial meeting in Tehran, which she addressed on Tuesday, that the region was destabilized by conflicts which Nam could help solve, like the Kashmir issue, or the solution of the Palestine issue by means of giving the Palestinian people the right of self-determination.
However, creditable as it is to bring up the subject of Kashmir at a summit of an organization of which India is accounted for as one of the founders, Ms Khar and the Foreign Office must consider how long they intend to get by only paying lip service, and doing nothing practical to help the Kashmiri cause. Pakistan must keep in mind that India opposed its admission to Nam, and it does not at all like any occasion where Pakistan can raise the Kashmir issue, and thus in any way internationalise it. However, Ms Khar is likely to forego this opportunity of exposing the true face of India because President Asif Zardari, who is leading the delegation, wants to use it as an opportunity for meeting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the summit.
Ms Khar also paid due attention to the summit host’s main concern, when she spoke about how the US was pressurizing Iran over its nuclear programme, and how this was destabilizing the whole region. The summit has been devoted to ‘Lasting Peace Through Global Governance’, and as a neighbour of Iran’s, with which it has a joint gas pipeline project, Pakistan is likely to find itself involved if the USA or Israel attacks it. Pakistan’s suggestion, that the matter be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy, resounds as the voice of reason in a war of words that is apparently growing more surreal with each passing day.
Ms Khar’s call for an end to the bloodshed in Syria was also timely, and reflected the concern of Pakistan for stability in the region. It also reflected standing by fellow Muslims when they faced difficulties. However, this is a message best conveyed by President Zardari to Dr Singh in their meeting, with particular reference to the oppression of the Kashmiri people, and the need to give them their birthright of self-determination in accordance with the UN resolutions on the subject, which express the international community’s consensus on the subject. That is supposed to be the reason for occasions like the Nam Summit, after all, to give states the chance to bring matters to the attention of other world powers.