Iran Invites Latin American Leaders to NAM Meeting

Iran officially invited leaders of Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Ecuador to the upcoming summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

The 16th NAM summit will be held on August 26-31 in the Iranian capital city of Tehran.

Iranian Vice-President for International Affairs Ali Saeedlou submitted the invitation letters from Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the leaders of these nations.

Iran has the rotating presidency of the Movement for three years.

NAM, which has 118 member states, is an international organization of states considering themselves not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. NAM is the largest grouping of countries outside of the United Nations.

NAM member states represent nearly two-thirds of the United Nations’ members and comprise 55% of the world population, particularly countries considered to be developing or part of the Third World.

The movement is largely the brainchild of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, former President of Egypt Jamal Abdul Nasser, and former Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito.

It was founded in April 1955 and has 118 members. The purpose of the organization as stated in the Havana Declaration of 1979 is to ensure “the 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.”

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