Iran urges regular NAM consultations

July 28th, 2008 - 8:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Tehran, July 28 (IANS) Iran Monday called for closer cooperation and dialogue among the member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to effectively address the challenges facing the 118-member bloc, the official IRNA news agency reported. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki during a meeting with his Omani counterpart Yousuf bin Alawi on the eve of the grouping’s ministerial meeting here, said the bloc must offer itself as “an effective platform to resolve regional and international issues and secure peace in the backdrop of emerging realities of global and regional politics”.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Rais Yatim said Monday in Kuala Lumpur that the NAM should be restructured in order to reach its objectives.

Yatim told IRNA before leaving for Tehran that the movement “is faced with new challenges in the beginning of the 21st century which makes the NAM restructuring a necessity”.

He also stressed the need for further cooperation among the member states to turn the movement into an influential international organization.

The NAM expert meeting began in Tehran Sunday with an inaugural address by Mottaki, who called on the NAM member states to support Tehran’s bid to get non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for the year 2009-10.

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