Iran: 78 FMs to participate in NAM summit in Tehran
Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 28 / Trend D.Khatinoglu/
Iranian deputy foreign minister Hassan Gashgavi said that some 78 foreign ministers will take part in 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Mehr News Agency reported.
Gashgavi said the presence of 78 foreign ministers at a NAM summit is a rare event and even the number of FMs who take part in summits at the United Nations General Assembly is less than this figure.
The 16th summit of the NAM member states kicked off in the Iranian capital Tehran, on Sunday.
Iran says the foreign ministerial level part of the summit has started on Tuesday. The heads level summit also will start on Thursday.
According to Iranian officials' statements, 120 countries' representatives including 50 high level officials such as presidents, prime ministers and vice-presidents will participate at the NAM summit.
NAM is an international organisation that brings together 118 countries in the world on the principles of non-participation of military blocs. NAM was officially established by 25 states at the Belgrade Conference in September 1961. The movement's establishment was preceded by the Bandung Conference in 1955.