NAM: BANGLDESHI PM LEAVES FOR IRAN WEDNESDAY TO ATTEND 16TH NAM SUMMIT
Last Updated: 2012-08-26
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DHAKA, Bangldesh Aug 26 (NNN-BSS) --Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves for Tehran on Wednesday on a four-day visit to Iran to attend the 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

The two-day main summit of the NAM, a grouping of 120 countries, will be held at the OIC Convention Centre in Tehran on August 30-31, foreign ministry sources said.

A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and members of her entourage is scheduled to leave Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here at 10.30 am on Wednesday.

The flight is expected to reach Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran at 2.30 pm (Iranian time). Bangladesh Ambassador to Iran Khandakar Abdus Sattar and representatives of the Iranian government would receive Sheikh Hasina at the airport.

After a warm reception at the airport, the Prime Minister would be taken to Hafezieh, Sa'dabad Palace in Shemiran area (north) of Tehran where she will be staying during her visit.

The foreign ministry sources said Sheikh Hasina would lead a 45- member delegation at the summit that includes Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni, Ambassador-At-Large M Ziauddin and Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad.

On the sidelines of the summit, the Prime Minister is expected to have bilateral meetings with the heads of states or governments of a number of countries including India, Iran, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Turkmenistan, the sources added.

BSS Special Correspondent from New Delhi reports that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to meet his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina on the sidelines of the 16th NAM Summit.

Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai disclosed this at a news conference in New Delhi on Saturday.

Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to return home in the evening on September 1.

Founded in 1961, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) now has 120 members, most of which are developing countries from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Some observer countries and organisations are also included.

The movement, which represents nearly two-thirds of UN member countries, focuses on striving for interests of developing
countries around the world.

At the Tehran summit, Iran will take over the leadership role in the NAM from Egypt for the next three years. -- NNN-BSS