- Iran's Spokesman for the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit Mohammad Reza Forqani announced that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will certainly attend the 16th heads-of-state conference of the NAM in Tehran later this month despite the attempts made by the enemies to prevent his presence in the international event.
"Despite rumors, the presence of the UN secretary-general in the Tehran conference is for sure," Forqani told FNA on Monday.
"The calls, demands and pressures to prevent Ban Ki-moon's attendance in the NAM summit in Tehran were ineffective and the UN secretary-general will certainly visit Tehran," he added.
Also on Saturday, Forqani told a press conference that at least 100 NAM members had approved their presence in the Tehran meeting.
He added that 41 countries have stressed their readiness to attend the conference at the highest level so far, adding that 27 members will participate in the meeting at the level of foreign ministers, 5 states at the level of first vice-president and one country at the level of parliament speaker.
The 16th NAM summit will be held in the Iranian capital, Tehran, from August 26 to 31.
NAM is comprised of some 120 member states and 17 observer countries.
NAM is an international organization of states considering themselves not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. NAM is the largest grouping of countries outside of the United Nations.
NAM member states represent nearly two-thirds of the United Nations' members and comprise 55% of the world population, particularly countries considered to be developing or part of the Third World.
The movement is largely the brainchild of India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, former President of Egypt Jamal Abdul Nasser, and former Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito.
It was founded in April 1955 and has 118 members. The purpose of the organization as stated in the Havana Declaration of 1979 is to ensure "the national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of non-aligned countries" in their "struggle against imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism, racism, and all forms of foreign aggression, occupation, domination, interference or hegemony as well as against great power and bloc politics."