The Egyptian president delivered the NAM’s presidency to Iran after addressing the audience in the inauguration ceremony of the NAM summit in Tehran today.
The 16th heads-of-state summit of the NAM was inaugurated with a keynote speech by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, in which he praised the founders of the NAM and its operation in the last 60 years, but said the movement should boost its international role and clout through increased operations and fresh movements.
The leader said the world is entering a new era and the NAM should play a bigger role in this new world, adding that all world countries should have a share in global management.
“States should raise their relations on the basis of common interests and not threat and intimidation,” he stressed.
The Leader said the world should not be ruled by a few number of “bullying powers”.
The NAM summit started at 10:30 local time (0600 GMT) at the Leaders’ Summit Hall in Northern Tehran and will last for two days.
The summit is being held after a two-day experts meeting and a foreign ministerial meeting of the NAM member states which also lasted for two days.
The United States and Israel are among the nations fearful that the summit drawing a reported 50 or more heads of state and government will give Tehran a boost in legitimacy and rally disgruntled states to its defense of its nuclear programs.
The Islamic Republic’s three-year tenure as head of the NAM is a chance for Tehran to elevate its international standing as the United States seeks to cripple its economy and isolate it diplomatically over its disputed nuclear program. Iran follows Egypt, and will be followed by Venezuela at the helm of the NAM.
Around 110 delegations, out of the 120 members of NAM, are attending the conference, and more than 45 states have sent their top officials to the heads-of-state summit.
The guest list includes UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and new Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi – the first Egyptian leader to visit Iran since its Islamic revolution in 1979.
NAM is an international organization of states considering themselves not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. NAM is the largest grouping of countries outside of the United Nations.
NAM member states represent nearly two-thirds of the United Nations’ members and comprise 55% of the world population.
Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi (L) speaks with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during the 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran, August 30, 2012. (REUTERS/Egyptian Presidency/HO)
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The Daily Star reports from Beirut:
BEIRUT: Last week’s Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran might be over, but controversy continues to swirl over official Iranian efforts to manage the content of the gathering.
Bahrain has criticized Iranian officials over a mistranslation of a speech by Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi, while his spokesman denied that Mursi discussed the prospect of better ties with Tehran.
In Jeddah, the Gulf Cooperation Council Sunday demanded Iran halt its “interference” in their internal affairs, citing the NAM summit incident. In a statement, the GCC asked Tehran to “cease these acts and not resort to or threaten to use force.”
Social media sites have pounced on the creative official translation of Mursi’s Thursday address – the word “Syria” was replaced with “Bahrain” when the Egyptian president listed Arab states that had experienced revolts since last year.
Mursi also perturbed his hosts by describing the government of Syria as “illegitimate” and calling for its ouster, while the official translation maintained that he hoped for the “continuation of the Syrian regime.”
His words prompted Syrian delegates to leave the hall but after the mistranslation was exposed, the Internet was abuzz with the question of why the Syrian diplomats walked out if Mursi’s comments had been positive.
Manama lodged a complaint with Iran’s charge d’affaires over the mistranslation on Iranian state television and radio.
“This is a violation, fabrication and unacceptable media behavior that shows how Iranian media is interfering in Bahrain’s internal affairs,” Bahrain’s government-run news agency BNA said, adding that Bahrain had demanded an apology.
The head of Iran’s state media said Sunday the word “Syria” had been mistranslated on only one of its channels. “In a verbal mistake, this translator said ‘Bahrain’ instead of ‘Syria’ and this became a pretext for Western media,” Ezatollah Zarghami was quoted as saying by Mehr news agency.
Some Iranians complained online about the mistranslation. “With that intentional translation by Iran’s state television, a great insult was delivered to its viewers,” a reader who gave his name as Ahmadi wrote on the website of the Asr-e Iran newspaper, which published a correct translation of the speech.
In addition, Mursi made no mention of resuming ties with Iran during the visit, his spokesman Yassir Ali said Sunday, denying statements by Iranian officials.
“The meeting between President Mohammad Mursi and his Iranian counterpart [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad did not broach the subject of boosting the level of representation or of opening an embassy,” said Ali.
THE PAPERS IN EUROPE ARE EVEN MORE EXPLICIT – IRAN IS BAKING THE AL-ASSAD GOVERNMENT IN SYRIA, WHILE THEY BACK THE SHIIA OPPOSITION IN BAHRAIN.
BY MISSTATING THE MURSI ATTACK ON THE GOVERNMENT OF SYRIA, IRAN’S ALLY AND SAYING THAT MURSI SAID HE OPPOSES THE BAHRAIN GOVERNMENT FIGHTING THEIR SHIIA CITIZENS INSTEAD – THIS IS IN EFFECT A CONVENIENT DOUBLE LIE. IT CAN BE SAID THAT IF THE AHMEDI-NEJAD GOVERNMENT OF IRAN CANNOT TAKE CRITICISM AND TURNS A CRITIQUE INTO A COMPLIMENT THAT WAS NOT AWARDED, THIS SHOWS PLAINLY INSECURITY IN FRONT OF THE IRANIAN PEOPLE.
Further, let us say that we would not buy a used car from an Iranian leader these days, and it seems right that the Obama Administration did not see in principle as useful any trip to Tehran for the purpose of this NAM meeting.
Also, we just got informed that on September 11, next Tuesday, there will be a release of information of the infamous 9/11 day of calamity.
Kenneth Timmerman, who served as lead investigator in Havlish vs. Bin Laden et al, a lawsuit brought by families of those who perished in the 9/11 attacks. Due to his research, U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels ruled in December 2011 that the Islamic Republic of Iran materially aided and abetted al-Qaeda before and after 9/11.
Kenneth Timmerman will speak next Tuesday – on 9/11 on Iran’s Role in the 9/11 Attacks.
He will ask – was Tehran involved in the 9/11 attacks, and if so – why hasn’t it been held accountable for its actions? Why hasn’t Iran’s demonstrated aggression against the United States been discussed more extensively by the media?
On the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Timmerman will reveal new information about Tehran’s involvement in the 9/11 plot.
A nationally recognized investigative reporter and activist for religious freedom, Kenneth Timmerman has worked and written extensively on the plight of persecuted Christians in the Middle East, having traveled to Jordan to conduct research and meet with members of the persecuted church. Mr. Timmerman has also been published in the Middle East Quarterly, Journal, on topics ranging from electoral politics in the Gulf to US policy toward Iran.
Egyptian President Mursi had to go to Tehran as part of the NAM leadership – but he spoke up against Bashar al Assad at least – and that was fine with us.
UNSG Ban Ki-moon went to Tehran as 120 out of the UN membership belongs to the NAM – though 10 of these States found it correct to avoid going to Iran.
We do not know what the guests told the Iranian government, and if not for the falsification of the Mursi statement we probably would never have found out even what he said to the Iranians.
At Summit Meeting, Iran Has a Message for the World
Newsha Tavakolian for The New York Times
Three cars damaged in attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists outside the Tehran convention hall.
Published: August 26, 2012
TEHRAN — At the entrance to the convention hall where Iran is sponsoring an international summit meeting are the crumpled wreckage of three cars driven by Iranian nuclear scientists who have been killed or hurt in bomb attacks. Placards with the photos of the scientists and their children stand alongside.
The message is clear. As Iran plays host to the biggest international conference the Islamic republic has organized in its 33-year history, it wants to tell its side of the long standoff with the Western powers, which are increasingly convinced that Tehran is pursuing nuclear weapons.
Tehran, which denies that it is after the bomb, believes the scientists were killed by Israeli agents, an assertion that Israel has not acknowledged but never fully disputed.