NAM must have common direction, goals: Egypt

The meeting in Bali is a momentum to project NAM to become more relevant.

Updated: May 26, 2011, 15:40 PM IST

Nusa Dua: Egyptian Foreign
Affairs Minister Nabil Abdalla El-Araby has said NAM member
countries must have common direction and goals despite their
different interests.

"NAM member countries might have different
interpretations of the movement`s position but the most
important thing is they look in the same direction and have
common goals", El-Araby said in a joint press conference with
Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa here
yesterday following the opening of the 16th Ministerial
Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

NAM has 120 member countries that are in different
situations, but the NAM principles must remain their
reference, he said.

Minister Marty Natalegawa said the Movement has good
potential. The large number of NAM members reaching 120
countries was one of the grouping`s pre-eminent strengths.

He, however, reminded member countries that the
present NAM was different from that when it was established in
1961. NAM is currently facing much bigger and varied

The ongoing NAM meeting in Bali is a momentum to
project NAM to become more relevant, according to Marty.

The NAM meeting is going on in Nusa Dua from May 23 to
27, 2011, and is being participated in by around 600 people,
including representatives of the 120 NAM member countries.
Egypt is the current chairman of the Movement.

The 16th NAM Ministerial Meeting was officially opened
by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Wednesday morning.