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Oct 11, 2021

The participants the 60th anniversary summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) agreed on Monday that the issue of equality of states and nations was still relevant, and emphasized the struggle for state sovereignty, respect of human rights and the fight against racism, hatred and vaccine nationalism.

They pointed out that these problems must be solved through joint efforts.

Ugandan Foreign Minister Abubaker Jeje Odongo noted that multilateralism and solidarity were now more necessary than ever before and that the pandemic had revealed social and economic vulnerabilities.

He stressed that the ideals of the NAM – the establishment of a prosperous, peaceful world and equality – were still relevant and that the Belgrade gathering was an opportunity to reaffirm these values in the international community.

The FM of Botswana, Lemogang Kwape, also stated that his country remained committed to the main principles of the movement, and stressed that Botswana played a major role in eliminating the apartheid regime.

Even today, we are working to eliminate racial discrimination and reduce terrorism, he said.

Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah stressed that the whole world should cooperate and that it was necessary to have a multipolar system in order to solve problems as well as possible so that the world could develop.

He mentioned the problem of Palestine and asked some members of the movement to use their influence on Israel, which he said had occupied Palestine.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki praised all members of the Non-Aligned Movement who have struggled over the past 60 years to eradicate anything that was contrary to the movement’s principles.

The people of Palestine continue to see the Non-Aligned Movement as our shared community that recognizes the right to our commitment to independence and peaceful resolution of many problems, Al-Maliki said, adding that the goals of the Non-Aligned Movement could still be seen in Palestine.

For Bangladesh, the inspiration for joining the NAM was the fight against inequality and injustice and the fight for human rights, because the world is divided between those who oppress and those who are the oppressed, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, Abul Kalam Abdul Momen.

These are the principles that are rooted in our Constitution, this is the principle of our foreign policy, and this is the principle of friendship with other countries, Momen said.

Guatemalan Foreign Minister Pedro Brolo Vila said the movement’s goals were closely linked to rule of law, human rights, and that Guatemala was seeking further and stronger protection of human rights and strengthening of democratic processes.

We need to work and act together to further promote peace in the world – our task is to make our countries safe, but also to have the opportunity for human beings to develop in the right sense, Vila said.

According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab League, Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, there is a need for everyone to work together to establish balance in the world.

The participants agreed that it was very important that the summit was being held in Belgrade, where the first conference of the Non-Aligned Movement took place 60 years ago, and jointly thanked President Aleksandar Vucic, the Serbian government and Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic for organizing the event.

They also thanked the Serbian citizens for their hospitality.

Source: Tanjug