|President calls for revival of Non-Aligned Movement|
|Tuesday, 10 July 2012 14:25|
The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe, says the 16th Non-Aligned Movement summit to be held in Iran end of next month should serve as a platform to reinvigorate and resuscitate the movement.
President Mugabe was speaking during a meeting with a special envoy of Iranian President Mohammed Ahmadinejad, Dr Reza Taghipour in the capital Tuesday morning.
Dr Taghipour delivered a special message to Cde Mugabe inviting him to the summit to be hosted by Tehran next month.
Cde Mugabe said while Zimbabwe is happy that Iran is hosting the gathering, he is concerned that developing countries who constitute the larger part of the United Nations membership are denied equal membership with the West in the world body.
“The organisation has been left to be inactive as it has not been meeting as often as it should, at a time when it is confronted with the arrogance by the Western powers, as evidenced by events in North Africa,” said President Mugabe.
President Mugabe also spoke about Zimbabwe-Iran cooperation where he expressed readiness to strengthen ties with the Persian country in various spheres.
He expressed support for Iran’s exploitation of nuclear energy and rebuked the hypocrisy of those who are criticising the Middle East country for using nuclear energy for peaceful means, yet the same countries use it for bombs.
Dr Taghipour said Zimbabwe–Iran ties are improving tremendously adding that through the signing of various memoranda between the two sides, the countries will soon witness the fruits of the cooperation.