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State President attends NAM summit
07-14-2009, 10:09 am

State President Nguyen Minh Triet left Hanoi on July 14 to attend the 15th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), which is due to take place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, from July 15-16.

The main theme of this year’s summit is “International Solidarity for Peace and Development,” after the world has recently experienced a range of changes that have affected the movement as well as its member states.

The conference aims at reviewing the international situation and issues of mutual concern, as well as discussing measures to deal with the negative impacts of the global economic and financial crisis and international challenges such as climate change and food security.

The meeting will also put forward plans for political, economic and social cooperation to realise NAM ’s targets and consider and approve proposals recommended at the NAM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Habana, Cuba, in April this year.

Vietnam’s attendance at the summit will promote its open policy of multilateralisation and diversification of international relations.

Vietnam will work with other NAM member nations to strengthen positive views within the movement, promote solidarity and heighten the movement’s position in the global community

Vietnam has had a close attachment and made great contributions to the NAM since its accession to the movement and has attended all its summits and foreign ministers’ meetings.

The country has also worked closely with its partners to consolidate solidarity and enhance the movement’s role, striving for peace, national independence, democracy and social progress.

After Vietnam regained its independence in 1945, the country took the lead in the world’s national liberation movement and in the fight against colonialism and imperialism.

The country has also actively participated in the movement’s activities and the  drawing up of conference documents. Vietnam has already suggested a number of specific proposals to improve NAM ’s role in politics and trade, and has shared its development experiences with other members.

The number of NAM’s members has increased from just 25 to 118 since it was first formed in 1961, making the movement the world’s second largest organisation after the United Nations.

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