Wed Aug 8, 2012 5:5PM
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (R) receiving an invitation to the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran from Iranian Vice President Hamid Baqaei during a meeting at the presidential palace in Cairo on August 8, 2012.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (R) receiving an invitation to the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran from Iranian Vice President Hamid Baqaei during a meeting at the presidential palace in Cairo on August 8, 2012.

Iranian Vice President Hamid Baqaei has extended President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s formal invitation to his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Morsi to take part in the forthcoming summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran. During a meeting in Cairo on Wednesday, Baqaei officially submitted President Ahmadinejad’s invitation to Morsi. In a telephone conversation last month, President Ahmadinejad had personally invited his Egyptian counterpart to attend the NAM summit in Tehran. The 16th summit of the NAM member states will be held in the Iranian capital on August 26-31. The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei will address the Tehran NAM summit. The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is also expected to partake in the event during which the Islamic Republic will assume the rotating presidency of the movement for three years. NAM, an international organization with 120 member states and 21 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.” MP/SS/AZ
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