Lebanon president in Tehran to attend NAM summit


Lebanese President Michel Suleiman arrived on Wednesday evening in Iran to participate in the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran, National News Agency reported.

The president said earlier that the conference was likely to embrace “impartial decisions that would allow people of the Middle East and the world to achieve democracy by themselves without resorting to violence and away from foreign interference.”

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is a group of 120 states considering themselves not aligned formally with or against any major power bloc.

The organization was founded in Belgrade in 1961, and was largely the brainchild of Yugoslavia’s president, Josip Broz Tito; India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru; Egypt’s second president, Gamal Abdel Nasser; Ghana’s first president Kwame Nkrumah; and Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno. All five leaders were prominent advocates of a middle course for states in the Developing World between the Western and Eastern blocs in the Cold War.