NAM Summit kicks off in Tehran

Tehran: The 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) commenced in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Thursday in the presence of H. H. Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Supreme Council member and ruler of Umm al-Qaiwain.

More than 100 countries are taking part in the NAM summit, which kicked off at the expert level in Tehran on Sunday.

The summit opened with an inaugural speech by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Supreme leader Khamenei gave a speech opening the event in a heavily secured northern Tehran conference centre. “We have gathered here today to inject a new life and stimulus into the Non-Aligned Movement,” he said.

Khamenei slammed the United Nations Security Council, describing it as unfair and undemocratic. “Nuclear weapons do not guarantee security nor consolidate political power, but pose a threat to both things. The use of nuclear and chemical weapons is dangerous and unforgivable mistake.” He continued that “We had launched the logo of Middle East free from the Nuclear Weapons and still stick to it”, indicating that we are aspiring for the peaceful nuclear energy, which is a right for all countries in accordance with the international laws.

He was followed by Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi who was making a landmark visit to Iran — the first by an Egyptian leader since the diplomatic ties were broken off in the wake of Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution to hand over the rotating NAM presidency to the Islamic republic.