Both in terms of form and content the NAM meeting highlighted the superiority of Iran ’s diplomacy over and against Washington ’s bellicose posturing and improvised diversionary tactics.
By James Petras
Iran chaired, hosted and led the recently rejuvenated Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) meeting in Teheran, attended by delegates from 120 countries, including 31 heads of state and 29 foreign secretaries of state. Even the United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, notorious mouthpiece of Washington , felt obligated to address, a forum attended by two-thirds of the member countries of the UN, despite State Department and Israeli objections. Any objective evaluation of the meeting, its venue, the attendance, resolutions and political impact leads to one paramount conclusion: the NAM meeting was a strategic diplomatic victory for Iran and a major defeat for the US , Israel and the European Union. The entire US-Israeli-EU diplomatic and propaganda effort to isolate and stigmatize Iran , especially over the past decade, was shredded.
The Politics of Attendance
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) welcomes Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (C) at the Presidential Palace in Tehran, Iran, 29 August 2012. Singh is in Tehran to attend the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit and also hold talks with Iranian leaders on bilateral trade and regional issues. Credit: EPA
Attendance by representatives of 120 countries demonstrates that Iran is not a ‘pariah state’; it is an accepted member of the international community.The presence of 60 heads of state and foreign secretaries demonstrates that Iran is considered a noteworthy and significant political actor, not a “terrorist state” to be isolated and shunned. The proceedings, debates and discussions among and between the delegates and Iranian leaders convinced those attending that Teheran gives primacy to reasonable dialogue in resolving international conflicts. Continue reading
TEHRAN_ Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halki said that the Non-Aligned Movement has played a central role and achieved notable successes in international issues of concern to its member countries, especially ending colonialism, eliminating racial discrimination, the demilitarization and development.
In his speech at the 16 NAM Summit in Tehran, al-Halki said that the international community has agreed to combat the scourge of terrorism that is threatening stability in many countries, but defining terrorism and means of combating it have remained hostage to double-standard policies and political wrangling.
”Confronting the concept of humanitarian interference and the responsibility of protection pose a real challenge for the Non-Aligned Movement Continue reading
By Adrian Salbuchi
From 26th to 31st August, the Non-Aligned Countries Movement will hold its 16th Summit in Tehran, Iran, which many observers feel will be particularly important considering the grave convulsions triggered by the “Arab Spring” veritable civil war-engineering by the Western Powers throughout the Islamic World.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are welcoming over forty heads of state and national and international leaders, including president Mohamed Morsi from Egypt (who will hand over the Movement’s rotating presidency to Iran), UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon (ferociously criticized by the US for his decision to attend the Summit), and the presidents of India, Monmahar Singh and Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari who will take this opportunity to have bilateral meetings seeking to peacefully resolve on-going tensions between the two nuclear powers. Continue reading
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesmen, Ramin Mehmanparast
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesmen, Ramin Mehmanparast, that that talks will be held on the sideline of the 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement- NAM with countries who have viewpoints in accord with Iran.
He said that these talks will discuss a comprehensive project presented by Tehran to resolve the crisis in Syria.
In a press conference on Saturday, Mehmanparast said that the NAM summit will be a suitable opportunity for presenting this project, noting that the meeting on Syria will see the participation of 29 countries that offered suggestions for resolving the crisis, resulting in forming a communication team.
He noted that other than the situation in Syria, the NAM summit will discuss the situation in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Latin America and Africa, adding that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be participating in the summit, along with 27 presidents, 2 kings, 7 prime ministers, 9 vice presidents, 2 parliament speakers, and 5 special presidential envoys, 23 foreign ministers, and several other ministers.
The NAM summit is due to be held on August 30-31 on the presidential level, on August 28-29 on the foreign ministers level, and August 26-27 on the level of experts.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. (File photo)
A senior Iranian military commander says Syria is the red line of the anti-Israel resistance front and all freedom-seeking countries should support it against enemies.
“The issue of Syria is very significant and the red line of [anti-Israel] resistance front. Therefore, any negotiations on this issue should take place within framework of the interests of resistance [movement] and the Syrian people that have become a target for terrorists as well as Arrogant regimes affiliated with the West,” Deputy Head of Iran’s Armed Forces Chiefs of Staff Brigadier General Seyyed Masoud Jazayeri said on Wednesday.
He added that the global Arrogance has launched a flagrant subversive and terrorist effort against the Syrian government and nation and freedom-seeking states should therefore firmly support Syria against its enemies. Continue reading