Jordan's King Abdullah II (R) and acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas. (File photo)
Iran has invited Jordan's King Abdullah II and acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas to take part in the forthcoming Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran.
During a meeting with Jordanian Prime Minister Fayez al-Tarawneh in Amman on Sunday, Deputy Iranian Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian extended President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s invitation to the Jordanian leader to attend the NAM summit due this summer in the Iranian capital.
Later in the day, Amir Abdollahian met with Abbas, and invited him to the upcoming conference of member states of the Non-Aligned Movement in late August.
Iran will host the 16th NAM summit August 26-31.
The Islamic Republic 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.”