The 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement is a good opportunity, during which peace, multilateral cooperation and all the values that the United Nations has been founded upon will once again be underlined.” Montenegrin President Filip VujanovicMontenegrin President Filip Vujanovic says the upcoming summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in the Iranian capital, Tehran, provides an opportunity to highlight world peace and multilateral cooperation. “The 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement is a good opportunity, during which peace, multilateral cooperation and all the values that the United Nations has been founded upon will once again be underlined,” Vujanovic said in a meeting with Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Ali Asghar Khaji in Podgorica on Monday. During the meeting, the Iranian envoy extended President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s invitation to his Montenegrin counterpart to attend the NAM summit.
Khaji pointed to the movement’s objectives, including the improvement of global peace, stability and multilateralism and said that ‘considering the occurrence of significant developments in the international arena, Tehran’s summit gains special importance, given its role in the global stage.’The 16th NAM summit will be held in the Iranian capital from August 26 to 31, during which the Islamic Republic will also assume the rotating presidency of the movement for three years. 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. 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.” YH/GHN/HJL