Non-Aligned Movement Summit opens in Tehran

August 30, 2012

On behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Vice Foreign Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz led the Saudi delegation to the 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran today. The meeting, which includes the participation of delegates from 120 countries, as well as United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Arab League Secretary General Nabil Al-Arabi, is set to discuss the Palestinian cause, the Syrian crisis, and other international issues.

During his address, Prince Abdulaziz stressed that the Kingdom considers the plight of the Palestinians a core issue, insisting that the continuation of the Israeli occupation is a key cause of instability in the region. He renewed the Kingdom’s firm stance supporting the Palestinian cause and called upon other countries of the Non-Aligned Movement to admit the Palestinian state.

Prince Abdulaziz stated that the NAM member countries must support each other because the economic, security and political risks facing one nation can affect the well-being of all. He called for the avoidance of conflict, saying, “Based on the Kingdom’s principals and desire for spreading peace in the international community, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia calls upon all member countries to solve their differences through peaceful ways and bilateral negotiation or through the International Court of Justice.”

Since his arrival in Tehran, the Saudi Vice Foreign Minister has met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salihi; and Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Ghasemi.