Iran urges NAM nations to resist intimidation from the West
Iran calls upon attending countries at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit on Sunday to stand up to intimidation and sanction from the West.
Iran has faced pressure from the U.S. and other Western countries over its uranium enrichment program.
“The non-aligned (movement) must seriously oppose … unilateral economic sanctions which have been enacted by certain countries against non-aligned countries,” Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said, according to Reuters.
The Iranian government reaches out to the 120 attending developing countries through the NAM summit, hoping not only to gain support for its nuclear program sanctioned by the West, but also to demonstrate that it is not as isolated as the U.S. and other Western power would like it to be.
“We believe that adopting worn-out policies based on intimidation and humiliation is not only unjust and unjustifiable but also weakens international cooperation for the materialization of the goals and objectives of the UN charter,” Hindustan Times reported Salehi as saying.
With 50 participating countries sending their heads of government and most sending representatives at the level of ministers or higher, the NAM summit is expected to tackle many hefty topics such as the Syrian crisis, and Iran’s interest in developing Tehran-Cairo relation.