Iran invites Indonesia to attend Non-Aligned Movement Summit

Iran invites Indonesia to attend Non-Aligned Movement Summit

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"Iran has invited us."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Iran has invited Indonesia to attend the Non-Aligned Movement Summit it is hosting at the end of August.

"Indonesia, as one of the movement`s founders, certainly has an important role to play and therefore Iran has invited us," vice presidential spokesman Yopie Hidayat told newsmen following a meeting between Vice President Boediono and Iran`s Vice President, Ebrahim Azizi, at Vice President Boediono`s office here on Friday.

Officials said Iranian President Mahumud Ahmadinejad sent Vice President Azizi to Indonesia to deliver the invitation.

Azizi, as Yopie quoted, said that Indonesia plays an important role in the movement and therefore its attendance at the meeting was much expected.

Yopie added that Vice President Boediono told his Iranian counterpart that he would later submit the invitation to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who is currently in Brazil to attend Rio-20 Summit.

The Non-Aligned Movement was founded during its first summit in Beograd, Yugoslavia on September 1-6, 1961 and attended by 25 countries, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Yemen, Myanmar, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Congo, Cuba, Cyprus, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guninea, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Lebanon, Mali, Morocco, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and Yugoslavia.