18th NAM Summit kicks off in Azerbaijan

The 18th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) kicked off here this morning drawing heads of state and government of different countries including Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Azerbaijan capital of Baku, reports BSS.

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev inaugurated the two-day summit with a call to uphold the spirit of the forum and strengthen cooperation among its member states of NAM, a forum of 120 developing countries.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the opening ceremony of the summit at Baku Congress Centre alongwith other heads of state and government and representatives of the member nations.

On her arrival at the centre at 10 am, Sheikh Hasina was received by the Azerbaijan president.

The other world leaders who joined the summit included Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohammed, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Djibouti President Ismail Omar, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo- Addo, Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bakir Izetbegovic, Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Pakistani President Arif Alvi, Indian Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Mustafa al-Sarraj.

The Venezuelan President delivered the opening remarks at the inaugural session as the NAM’s current chairperson while his address was followed by the installation of the Azerbaijan President as the forum’s new chair.

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