NAM Summit

PM leaves for Azerbaijan Oct 24

Special Correspondent

21 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to go to Azerbaijan on October 24 on a four-day visit to attend the 18th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

Sources in the government say that the premier will leave Dhaka on October 24 to attend the two-day programme starting from October 25 to be held in Baku, capital of the country. She will return home on October 27.

Host Azerbaijan will formally take over the chairmanship of NAM for the next three years at the Baku Summit, sources said.

NAM was founded during the collapse of the colonial system and the independence struggles of the peoples of Africa, Asia, Latin America and other regions of the world.

Its actions were a key factor in the decolonisation process, which later led to the attainment of freedom and independence by many countries.

Throughout its history, the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries has played a fundamental role in the preservation of world peace and security.

The chairmanship of NAM will be built on three main priorities, among others increasing the effectiveness of the Movement to further enhance the reputation of the organisation on the global stage.

Other priorities are the promotion of the Bandung principles and the strengthening of the unity within the Movement.

NAM has 120 member-countries, 17 observer countries and 10 observer organisations.

NAM had its first summit in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1961.

Azerbaijan, located at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia and populated by 10 million people, is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country, where 96 percent of its citizens are Muslims.