Iran has invited Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi to take part in the upcoming summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran. Iran's Vice President Hamid Baqaei extended President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s formal invitation to Deputy Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Bin Hilli on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Baqaei had submitted Ahmadinejad’s invitation to his Egyptian counterpart Mohammed Morsi to attend the NAM summit. 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.” MYA/SS/AZ