Friday Nov 25, 201109:32 AM GMT
NAM set up to counter hegemony: Iran FM
Fri Nov 25, 2011 9:33AM
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Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi
Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) was primarily established to confront the cultural and political domination of hegemonic powers.


Salehi made the remarks in an address to an international conference on cultures, organized by the Non-Aligned Movement Center for Human Rights and Cultural Diversity, in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Thursday.

The Iranian minister added that NAM member states will ramp up efforts to play a leading role in protecting the world's cultural diversity and promoting human rights, IRNA reported.

He called on all the NAM states to pay serious heed to concerns of developing countries at legal and cultural levels and through joint human rights bodies.

Founded in 1961, NAM has now some 120 member states that consider themselves not formally aligned with any major power bloc.

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