UN Secretary General to visit Iran soon
Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 4 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Current UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be visiting Iran within the framework of The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) conference that will be hosted in Iran by the end of August, Iranian Vice-President for International Affairs Ali SaeedLou said, FARS reported.
The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is a group of states considering themselves not aligned formally with or against any major power bloc. As of 2012, the movement had 120 members and 21 observer countries.
"Initial steps to host the meeting are being taken. Some letters of invitations have been sent for NAM members to join the summit and other letters are being sent. Iranian Foreign Ministry is pursuing the issue," SaeedLou told ISNA.
He added that some 30 international companies, organizations and observers will be joining the summit as well.
The Non-Aligned Movement was founded in Belgrade in 1961. The purpose of the organization is said to be national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of non-aligned countries" in their "struggle against imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism, racism, and all forms of foreign aggression, occupation, domination, interference or hegemony as well as against great power and bloc politics.
The countries of the Non-Aligned Movement represent nearly two-thirds of the United Nations' members and contain 55% of the world population.