Foreign Ministers Take Center Stage at Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Venezuela

Telesur | 15 September, 2016


The global body meeting in Venezuela has been instrumental in the fight against colonialism, imperialism, racism and oppression.

Heads of state and representatives of more than 120 nations are in Venezuela’s Margarita Island for the 17th Non-Aligned Movement Summit, in which the global body is creating agreements for the promotion and defense of world peace, one of the fundamental principles of the movement.

During her speech at the Non-Aligned Movement summit, the Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez, who assumed the organization’s rotating presidency,  said the block is a great force that can bring balance to the world.

With the slogan “United on the Path for Peace,” Rodriguez also said her country ratifies the defense on the right of the people of the world to fight for peace and sovereignty.

“Emancipation, anti-imperialism and peace are the flags that define the XVII NAM Summit Venezuela 2016,” said Rodriguez.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for his part said he will propose a transformation of the Non-Aligned Movement into an international organization that defiantly says “no” to the new colonialism.

During the 17th NAM Summit, world leaders are committed to create agreements for the promotion and defense of world peace, one of the fundamental principles of the movement.

With 120 member states, the NAM is the second largest international body after the United Nations. It has 53 members from Africa, 39 from Asia, 26 from Latin America and the Caribbean, 17 observer countries and 10 observer organizations.

The summit, which ends on Sept. 18, will have meetings scheduled in three consecutive segments: meeting of senior officials, foreign ministers meeting, and a conference of heads of state and government.

This is the fourth time that a Latin American country that hosts the summit, and Venezuela is the third country in the area to assumes the presidency of the Non-Aligned Movement. Cuba took the leadership in 1979 and 2006, and Colombia did the same in 1995.







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