UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit Iran to attend the upcoming summit meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in the Iranian capital city, Tehran, in late August.
Apart from the NAM member states, representatives of 30 international organizations, most notably UN secretary-general, will participate in the 16th NAM summit in Tehran, Iran's Vice President for International Affairs Ali Saeedlou told Fars News Agency on Saturday.
All NAM member states have announced readiness to attend the Tehran summit, but the level of their participations will be different, he pointed out.
The 16th summit of the NAM member states will be held on August 26-31 in Tehran, during which the Islamic Republic will assume the rotating presidency of the movement for three years.
The Iranian vice president pointed to the Western and Israeli plots to prevent a magnificent meeting being held in Iran and noted that the US and Israel have concerted their efforts to block promotion of Iran's “justice-seeking” views.
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.
The organization was founded in the former Yugoslavia in 1961. 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.”