Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad-Mehdi Akhoundzadeh says Tehran is seeking to open a new page in the history of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Press TV reports.
“The most important element for a wonderful turnover is indeed the confidence that they [NAM member states] have on the performance of Iran on different international issues,” he said in an exclusive interview with Press TV on Sunday.
Akhoundzadeh made the comments two days after the closing of the 16th NAM summit in the Iranian capital Tehran on Friday.
“Since last 30 years, the position that Iran took vis-a-vis different international matters, it was responsible, consistent on and compatible with the international developments… Iran acts in a responsible manner and that’s why we have chosen the theme for this summit: Lasting peace through joint global governance,” Akhoundzadeh said.
“The level of the confidence that they have shown to the leadership of Iran, it naturally increases our responsibility as the new chair to chalk out new programs and to come up with innovative ideas to open a new page in the history of NAM,” he noted.
Akhoundzadeh pointed out to the remarks made by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei at the NAM summit, quoting Ayatollah Khamenei as saying that the world powers “have to open their eyes to the reality.”
He also expressed Iran's support for Palestinians’ rights in the occupied territories.
“They [Palestinians] should have full authority to establish a government of their own and I think the only obstacle which prevents the Palestinian people from their rights is Israel,” Akhoundzadeh said.
NAM is an international organization with 120 member states that is not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc.