President Museveni arrives in Tehran for summit of the Non-aligned movement

Thursday 30th August 2012

President Yoweri Museveni has today arrived in the Iranian capital Tehran for a three day official visit during which he will attend the plenary session of the16 summit of the Non-Aligned movement.

The President was received at the Mehrabad International Airport by the Deputy Minister for ICT Dr. Karampoor and the Justice Minister Mr. Bakhtiari.

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is a group of states considering themselves not aligned formally with or against any major power bloc. As of 2012, the movement has 120 members and 17 observer countries. The countries of the Non-Aligned Movement represent nearly two-thirds of the United Nations' members and contain 55% of the world's population.

The summit taking place at the Tehran summit Conventional Centre is being held under the theme, “Lasting Peace through joint global governance”. A five-day public holiday in Tehran has been called for the duration of the summit.

According to reports, 50 states will participate with high-level delegations, including 27 presidents, two kings and emirs, seven prime ministers, nine vice presidents, two parliamentary speakers and five special envoys.

The summit's agenda would primarily consist of issues pertaining to nuclear disarmament, human rights and regional issues. Iran also intends to draw up a new peace resolution aiming to resolve the Syrian civil war.

President Museveni is expected to address the summit before a scheduled meeting with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

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