Why West Should Curb Hostility To Non-Aligned Summit in Tehran
August 20, 2012
Commentary by: Abbas Maleki, senior associate, International Security Program, and Kaveh Afrasiabi
Topic: 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement
“The approaching 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran at the end of August is shaping up as a diplomatic coup for Iran, by virtue of the planned participation of dozens of world leaders and the summit’s transfer of NAM’s presidency from Egypt to Iran for the next three years.
This will likely enhance Iran’s capability to bolster its international solidarity and, above all, to defend its ‘inalienable nuclear rights’ — the right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes, which has been consistently supported at previous NAM summits as well as by the NAM representatives at the International Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA).”