|NAM summit in Tehran is a boon for Iran’s international relations||
The upcoming Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran will bolster Iran’s relationships to the wider-world. Hosting a summit of such size in Iran’s capital will prove Iran’s capabilities at the international level and spike in the idea that Iran has been isolated by the West’s sanctions.
NAM is second largest international organization after the United Nations, made up of 120 countries, with an additional 21 observer states. The visiting political delegations attending the summit clearly understand that despite huge efforts made by the United States and Israel to isolate Iran, the country still enjoys a prestigious international position and continues to play a major role in political developments in the region.
The NAM summit will provide Iran’s foreign policy apparatus with a golden opportunity to engage in a direct dialogue with influential governments across the world and solidify Iran’s political and economic relations, particularly with developing nations outside the EU.
The summit is divided into three parts. Firstly, an expert meeting attended by all representatives of the member states; secondly, a ministerial level meetings, which will be attended by the majority of the foreign ministers; and thirdly and most importantly meetings between heads of states. The Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi has been invited and the likeliness that he will attend is high.
Over the years, Western media has tried to snub out Iran’s narrative to the world. The upcoming NAM summit will be a prime opportunity to deliver Iran’s massage directly to the international community. Despite the boycott imposed by the west, Iran will have the opportunity to make the world aware of what it has to say regarding the nuclear issue, human rights, Syria and the Islamic Awakening movement in the Arab world.
Seyyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini is spokesman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee at the Majlis (Iran’s parliament).
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