TEHRAN - Ali Reza Miryousefi, the head of the press office of the mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations, has highlighted the significance of the upcoming summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran, saying that it will help realize the movement’s objectives.
Miryousefi made the remarks in an opinion piece entitled “The significance of Tehran summit”, which was published on the website of the Washington Post on Wednesday, in response to an editorial published on the same website on August 15, in which it was stated that United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon should not attend the NAM summit, which is scheduled to be held from August 26 to 31.
Following is the text of Miryousefi’s opinion piece:
The Post’s Aug. 15 editorial “Fool’s errand” unjustifiably smeared Iran and mocked the upcoming Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran as a “bacchanal of nonsense.” This ignored the growing importance of the movement, made up of the majority of UN member states, in international affairs.
In light of its focus on multilateral cooperation, disarmament, sustainable world peace, rights of nations, and horizontal relations defying hegemonic structures, the Non-Aligned Movement is a major cross-regional group in the United Nations, and UN leaders have always participated in its summits. By bringing dozens of world leaders together, the summit promises to make significant contributions to the movement’s lofty objectives.
Further, contrary to the editorial, Iran has no nuclear weapons program or ambitions. It has a peaceful, and legal, enrichment program that is covered by the International Atomic Energy Agency’s safeguard and inspection mechanisms, which include surveillance cameras and hundreds of short-notice inspections of the enrichment facilities.
Various IAEA reports have confirmed the absence of any evidence that Iran has diverted the declared nuclear material for military purposes. As a result, the Non-Aligned Movement has always supported Iran’s inalienable nuclear rights and opposed the illegal threats against Iran.
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