Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has called on all member states of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to use their utmost potential and make collective efforts to establish peace and justice in the world.
“At the current juncture, we have made our utmost efforts to promote general objectives of the Non-Aligned Movement including fostering solidarity among all member states, which is a prerequisite for an efficient movement,” Salehi said during the opening ceremony of the NAM expert-level meeting in Tehran on Sunday.
Now that a “destructive mind” has affected the international relations and seeks to control the entire world, we need to adopt collective and firm measures more than ever before to promote cultural diversity, respect all established international rights, particularly the right of determining fate and having democratic and elected governments, he added.
We need to revive our movement in accordance with the current conditions in the world, the Iranian minister pointed out.
He stressed the importance of maintaining vigilance since “selfish and interfering” policies are still being used in international relations.
The minister stated that during its presidency, Iran will seek to strengthen the NAM to enable it to fulfill its historical duties.
He noted that exchange of views among the NAM top officials about new developments surrounding the world during the Tehran summit is a clear indication of “our determination to support and strengthen the movement and turn it into an effective tool to protect the interests of member states.”
The top Iranian diplomat expressed confidence that collective efforts of all NAM member states would play an effective role in finding a peaceful solution to conflicts on the basis of dialogue.
The 16th summit of the NAM member states kicked off in the Iranian capital, 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 Moataz Khalil formally handed over the presidency of the NAM to Iran.
NAM, an international organization with 120 member states, is considered as not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc.