Iran invites Iraqi president to upcoming NAM summit
Iran’s Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar left for Baghdad on Tuesday to extend Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s invitation to his Iraqi counterpart to attend the NAM summit.
During his three-day visit, Mohammad-Najjar will also hold talks with senior Iraqi authorities and discuss issues of mutual interest.
Iran will host the 16th summit of the NAM member states on August 26-31. The Islamic Republic will assume the rotating presidency of the movement for three years during the Tehran summit.
NAM, an international organization with 120 member states and 21 observer countries, is considered as not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc.
The organization was founded in the former Yugoslavia in 1961 and its members account for about two-thirds of the UN member states as well as 55% of the world population.
NAM’s purpose, as stated in the Havana Declaration of 1979, is to ensure “the national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of non-aligned countries.”