A senior Iranian military official stressed that the world states’ high-level participation in the 16th heads-of-state summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran has provided a best chance for independent states to take a strong stance against the world arrogant powers.
“Now that the NAM members have said a ‘big no’ to the US and the hegemonic system to (come to Tehran and) hold the 16th summit at the highest level, the conditions are prepared more than ever for taking a strong stance against the world arrogance and punish the White House and its European supporters,” Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri said on Monday.
“This covert will can grow into a public belief and action and greatly shock the feeble body of the oppressive and bullying arrogant powers,” he stated.
Tens of world leaders are readying to take part in the NAM summit in Tehran on Thursday, while many of them are accompanied by large delegations to discuss expansion of bilateral ties and cooperation with Iran on the sidelines of the international event.
The 16th NAM summit is held in the Iranian capital, Tehran, from August 26 to 31.
NAM is comprised of some 120 member states and 17 observer countries.
Observes believe that by hosting the conference and taking on the responsibility for NAM leadership, Iran is clearly intent on injecting new life into the most important anti-imperialist international organization.
NAM was founded in Belgrade in 1961 by Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito, Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser, Ghana’s first president Kwame Nkrumah, and Indonesian president Sukarno, all legends of the national liberation movement, with solid anti-imperial credentials, who advocated a middle course for the developing world between the Western and Eastern blocs in the Cold War.
Its principles are solidarity and peaceful resolution of conflicts, though it was founded as a counterweight to the superpowers, abjuring big power military alliances and pacts.
During the 1970s and early 1980s, NAM sponsored a campaign for restructuring commercial relations between developed and developing nations, the New International Economic Order and its cultural offspring, the New World Information and Communication Order, which still has relevance today.
The movement is publicly committed to sustainable development and the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals, making international financial decision-making more democratic, easing poor countries’ debt burden, making trade fairer and increasing foreign aid.