- Title: ALGERIA: Algeria holds 17th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) ministerial meeting
- Date: 29th May 2014
- Summary: ALGIERS, ALGERIA (MAY 28, 2014) (REUTERS) DELEGATES SEATED IN CONFERENCE HALL DURING OPENING SESSION OF THE 17TH NON-ALIGNED MOVEMENT (NAM) MINISTERIAL MEETING DELEGATES SEATED / BOLIVIAN PRESIDENT EVO MORALES DELIVERING SPEECH ON STAGE MORALES DELIVERING SPEECH DELEGATES WITH EAR PHONES LISTENING TO SPEECHES BEING DELIVERED OUTGOING SYRIA MEDIATOR LAKHDAR BRAHIMI SEATED NEXT TO FORMER SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT THABO MBEKI (RIGHT) DELEGATES SEATED BEHIND FLAGS OF THEIR REPRESENTATIVE COUNTRIES DELEGATES FROM PARAGUAY AND SERBIA SEATED ALGERIAN FOREIGN MINISTER RAMTANE LAMAMARE SEATED DURING OPENING SESSION (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ALGERIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, RAMTANE LAMAMARE, SAYING: "We are full of hope that our partners share our aspirations and will move on our side to realise the promises and live up to the historical responsibility entrusted upon all of us." SAUDI ARABIAN DELEGATION SEATED VARIOUS OF DELEGATES SEATED DURING OPENING SESSION (SOUNDBITE) (English) IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, MOHAMMAD JAVAD ZARIF, SAYING: "It is so decided, I invite his Excellency the Foreign Minister of Algeria to assume the chairmanship of this conference and I wish him all success. And just like all of you, I commit myself and my delegation to work with him in order to make this conference a very successful one. Thank you." VARIOUS OF MEETING IN PROGRESS STAGE WITH PRESIDENT OF MEETING AND DELEGATES SEATED
- Embargoed: 13th June 2014 13:00
- Location: Algeria
- Country: Algeria
- Topics: General
- Reuters ID: LVA6EMNZTK9AKR424JBFUNEBTN7P
- Story Text: The 17th session of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) ministerial meeting began in Algiers on Wednesday (May 28), with more than 7,000 delegates from 120 nations attending the two-day summit.
It's the second time the North African country has hosted a ministerial meeting of the NAM - a movement championed by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika when he was Algeria's foreign minister in the 1960s.
"We are full of hope that our partners share our aspirations and will move on our side to realise the promises and live up to the historical responsibility entrusted upon all of us," Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamare told delegates in his opening remarks.
Algeria has said delegates will discuss topics relating to democracy, disarmament and social and economic development.
NAM's chair country rotates between geographic regions and is currently being held by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
"It is so decided, I invite his Excellency the Foreign Minister of Algeria to assume the chairmanship of this conference and I wish him all success. And just like all of you, I commit myself and my delegation, to work with him in order to make this conference a very successful one," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.
The Non-Aligned Movement was set up in 1961 by countries which did not want to be aligned either with the Soviet Union or the United States.
The movement's founding fathers were President Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru of India, President Gamal Abdul Nasser of Egypt, President Sukarno of Indonesia and President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana.
However, the NAM has struggled to find a role since the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union's collapse.
The movement's wide membership stretches from developing giants such as India to tiny Caribbean islands.
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