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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa have stressed the need for establishment of a new world order in their meeting at Rio de Janeiro
Ahmadinejad and Rajapaksa met on the sidelines of Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.
“Cooperation among independent states is essential for their progress forward; the justice-seeking nations should cooperate to design a new global order; those who are behind today problems do not deserve designing the new order.”
“Independent states are under great pressures from hegemonic powers but they should understand the fact that the pressures including the sanctions and resolutions will not affect nations’ desire to resist; the biggest violators of human rights use the issue as an excuse to confront sovereign nations.”
“Arrogant powers use also environmental issues as an excuse to pressure developing nations but if they were real defenders of environment; they would change their polluting technologies.”
The Iranian president noted that those who afraid of change of the world current order are designing plots to weaken independent states and prevent their progress; Non-Alignment Movement summit in Tehran is an opportunity to make positive steps in favor of independent nations; Today’s world lacks independent movements and NAM has the capacity to fill the gap.
Ahmadinejad also underlined that Iran is committed to expand cooperation with Sri Lanka IRNA reported.
Sri Lanka’s president for his part, welcomed development of bilateral relations with Iran, noting that NAM should become stronger to confront the pressures posed by arrogant powers.
“Holding of NAM summit in Tehran can boost its role in the international community,” he noted.
Ahmadinejad departed Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro city after participation at Rio+20 UN Conference, for Venezuelan capital city Caracas to visit and confer with that country’s top officials on issues of mutual interest.
The 16th summit of the NAM member states will be held in Tehran August 26-31. Iran will receive the rotating presidency of the movement from Egypt for three years during the Tehran summit. NAM comprises some 120 member states and 17 observer countries. It represents nearly two-thirds of the UN members.
The Non-Aligned Movement is the largest grouping of countries outside of the United Nations, aimed at giving a voice to the developing world. The organization was founded in the former Yugoslavia in 1955. NAM's 118 member states represent around 56 percent of the world population. The movement has also 17 observer members. The purpose of the organization as stated in the Havana Declaration of 1979 is to ensure 'the national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of non-aligned countries.”
According to the IRNA dispatched presidential affairs reporter, Ahmadinejad who was in Rio de Janeiro for three days to participate at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, participated by presidents and prime ministers from 120 countries around the globe and the UN secretary general left Brazil for Venezuela in third leg of his Latin American tour.
The Iranian president gave an address on the first day of the UN sponsored conference in which he proposed ideas for a new world order, including participation of entire world nations and those governments which are the representatives of their people in world management. He also had a meeting with the Brazilian elites, a meeting with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and another meeting with the former Brazilian president Lula da Silva on the sidelines of the conference.
President Ahmadinejad’s first destination in Latin America was Bolivia where he met and conferred with his Bolivian counterpart President Juan Evo Morales Amya, where the two heads of states signed an agreement for training of the Bolivian police forces by Iranian officers.
In Venezuela President Ahmadinejad is scheduled to meet his close friend, President Hugo Chavez, where the two presidents would in addition to the two countries’ relations discuss and exchange ideas on the regional and international issues.