Malaysian news agency Bernama has quoted Azerbaijan Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov. as saying that the end of the Cold War has not diminished the role of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in the international relations system but rather has reinforced its significance in light of the growing challenges.
He said that throughout its history, NAM has played a fundamental role in strengthening international peace and security.
NAM now has 120 member countries, 17 observer countries and 10 observer organisations.
“Today the major task before us must be to activate the role of the Movement to make it adequate to new realities in the current geopolitical landscape by promoting and upholding its founding principles which continue to be as much valid and relevant as they were when incepted,” the minister said.
Moreover, promoting cooperation in fields such as energy security, environment, healthcare and labour, and promoting the interests of NAM Member States to that end within the United Nations bears great significance, he said.
The minister explained that Azerbaijan has been pioneering and actively participating in regional economic projects and initiatives, such as East-West, North-South transport corridors, and is currently working on the South-West transport corridor project.
“(As such, the) geographic location of many NAM Member States along these three corridors can contribute to further development of mutually beneficial cooperation among the members of the Movement.
Mammadyarov said that Azerbaijan is considered as one of the centres for intercultural and inter-religious dialogues in the world and with its vast experience and best practices in this field, Azerbaijan is keen to continue its efforts aimed at preserving and promoting cultural diversity which is one of the priorities of the Movement.
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