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Non-Aligned Movement summit begins on Monday

From Nandana S. Talagune in Kuala Lumpur

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit began with the senior NAM officials meeting on Thursday at the Putra World Trade Centre. Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Sayeed Hamid opened the two day senior officials meeting. The Foreign ministers meeting will take place today.

Foreign Ministry Officials are making final arrangements for the formal opening of the Heads of State and Government meeting on Monday.

Leaders from 62 countries have confirmed their presence for the Summit.

Malaysia is to take initiatives in supporting for a separate statement on Iraq to address the current situation at the summit.

Iraqi Vice President Taha Yasin Ramadhan will represent his country at the NAM Summit on Monday while Foreign Minister Naji Sabri will join his counterparts at the ministerial level meeting on Saturday, Iraqi Embassy officials in Malaysia said.

Officials were expected to deliberate on the Kuala Lumpur declaration at the senior officials meeting yesterday which will be adopted by leaders during the Summit. Senior officials will consider the final documents on the issues taken up for discussion at the meeting before submitting them to NAM SOM Chairman Datuk Ahmand Fuzi Razak.

Kuala Lumpur is ready to receive leaders from member countries.

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