September 2, 2012

Foreign minister attends 16th NAM Summit

Foreign minister attends 16th NAM Summit

Asmara, 1 September 2012 – Eritrea’s Foreign Minister, Mr. Osman Saleh, participated in the 16th Summit Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) which was held in Tehran City, Iran, from 16 to 31 August.

In the conference that took place under the theme “Lasting Peace through Joint Global Governance,” Mr. Osman delivered a speech highlighting the challenges currently facing the world as regards peace and economic development vis-à-vis the role of the Non-Aligned Movement.

He explained that the current international situation is characterized with unilateral embargos, economic sabotages, as well as direct and indirect military interventions to destabilize countries, besides utilizing international bodies like the UN Security Council and the Human Rights Council to apply unwarranted acts of pressure and unjust sanctions against states that pursue independent political line.

Stressing the need for NAM member states to mount staunch resistance against such adventurous policies, the Foreign Minister emphasized that joint action needs to be taken. He also noted the significance of action to restructure the United Nations, particularly the Security Council, in a manner that ensures respect for international law and the legitimate rights of the countries affected.

The Non-Aligned Movement was founded in 1961 and has currently 120 member states.

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