Non-aligned meeting highlights multilateralism, int'l solidarity

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BELGRADE, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- Global multilateral efforts, international cooperation and solidarity are vital for addressing burning problems of the modern world, including the COVID-19 pandemic and political tensions, according to a statement following the high-level meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) here.

The statement was read to around 500 delegates of over 100 NAM member and observer countries along with nine international organizations by Jeyhun Bayramov, Azerbaijan's Minister of Foreign Affairs, whose country currently presides over the movement.

"Having analyzed the international situation, the growing political tension and crisis, accompanied by disrespect of international law, continuing rise in discrimination, racism and xenophobia, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its negative impact on socioeconomic conditions of all countries, climate change and other issues of global concern, the participating delegations stressed the importance of mobilizing global efforts in the sphere of multilateralism, international cooperation and solidarity," Bayramov said.

According to the statement, the NAM also condemned stockpiling vaccines by wealthy countries and called for equitable distribution around the world.

"The participating delegations called upon all states and other stakeholders to remove unjustified obstacles restricting the export of COVID-19 vaccines and to prevent speculation and stockpiling," Bayramov said.

Moreover, the NAM stood in support of international law and against unilateral coercion.

The two-day High-Level Commemorative Meeting dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the NAM was co-organized by Serbia and Azerbaijan at the Belgrade Fair.

The NAM, which today includes 120 member states and 18 observer states, was established in Belgrade in 1961. Enditem

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