A senior Iranian cleric says the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Tehran proved that it is the US and Israel, and not the Islamic Republic, which are isolated in the world.
“A blessing of this summit was that it showed to the world that the great Iran is not isolated, since the NAM summit comprises two-thirds of the UN, and it is the US and the Zionist regime [of Israel] which are isolated,” Tehran’s interim Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami said.
He described the presence of 120 NAM states in the summit as “unique,” especially as Washington and Tel Aviv had gone to great pains since several months ago to dissuade the NAM heads of state from participating in the summit or encourage them to dispatch low-ranking delegations to Tehran.
“If anyone wants to appreciate the significance of the [NAM] summit in Tehran, they should behold the extraordinary disappointment of the US and the Zionist regime [of Israel].”
Ayatollah Khatami said the global arrogance “threatened, begged and made diplomatic efforts,” but failed to achieve its goal of undermining the Tehran Summit.
The 16th NAM Summit was wrapped up in the Iranian capital on August 31, with the member states passing a final resolution, which included over 700 clauses.
The final resolution of the 16th NAM Summit expressed support for Iran’s nuclear energy program, rejected the United States’ unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic, and called for greater efforts to support the Palestinian cause.
NAM, an international organization with 120 member states, is considered as not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. It represents nearly two-thirds of the UN members.
The senior Iranian cleric said the Tehran Summit was also beneficial in that it dismantled the Western propaganda regarding the effects that the illegal US-led sanctions were having on the Iranian people.
“By participating in the summit and strolling along Tehran, the heads of state encountered a peaceful country and a dignified and calm people and they saw the realities and learned that what the US and Israel had said were lies.”