NAM must have common direction, goals: Egypt
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 15:40
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 challenges.

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.


First Published: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 15:40

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