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Azerbaijan, Baku, May 25 / Trend S. Agayeva /
Membership in the Non-Aligned Movement will allow the Republic of Azerbaijan to effectively cooperate with non-aligned countries in various fields, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said at the 16th Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Bali, Indonesia, the Foreign Ministry reported.
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister expressed gratitude to all members of the Movement for their valuable support to the membership of Azerbaijan.
He said that Azerbaijan pursues a multidimensional and balanced foreign policy and proved itself to be a reliable partner, as well as a strong, stable, predictable and to a greater extent decisive country to cooperate with in the Caspian-Caucasus region.
Azerbaijan has always been a place of coexistence and tolerance between different faiths, ethnic groups and philosophies, he said.
This year is the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the NAM, and it remains as relevant today as it was when it was founded, he said.
"Azerbaijan deeply values the prominent and dynamic role of the Movement over the past 50 years on vital issues of common concern to its members," he said. "I am fully confident that the Non-Aligned Movement which has evolved from a forum uniting the visions of its members to a forum resolutely advancing the causes of justice, peace and prosperity will be as strong and coordinated in the upcoming 50 years as it is now."
The NAM is the international organization uniting 118 world countries on the principles of non-participation in military blocs. First of all, NATO and the Warsaw Pact were implied at the time of establishing the organization.
The NAM was officially established by 25 countries at the Belgrade conference in September 1961.
The organization includes the countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America, as well as 15 observer countries, which include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Costa Rica, Mexico, Paraguay, Serbia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uruguay, Croatia and Montenegro.