Iranian leader Ahmadinejad passes on Mills’ NAM Summit invitation to President Mahama

President John Mahama

A special envoy sent by Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has delivered a message inviting Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama to the 16th Summit of Leaders of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran.

Mr Ahmadinejad on July 9, 2012 invited Late President John Atta Mills to attend the Summit August 26-31 but the latter died July 24, 2012.

The Iranian news agency IRNA reports August 13, 2012, the country’s Deputy Foreign Minister Amir Mansour Borqaei who arrived in Ghana to take part in President Mills’ funeral, extended the NAM Summit invitation to President John Dramani Mahama.

President Mahama appreciated Ahamdinejad’s message of condolences on departure of the late President and thanked Iran for its services to the poor Ghanaian people, according to the news agency.

President Mahama expressed hope that Ghana will take part in the NAM Summit of Leaders at its highest level, IRNA says.

Mr Borqaei, during his visit also met with Mohammed Mumuni, Ghana’s Foreign Minister .

During the NAM summit meeting, the Islamic Republic of Iran will receive the NAM rotating chairmanship from Egypt for the next three-year period.

Egypt hosted the NAM ministerial meeting from May 9-10, 2012.

The Non-Aligned Movement includes 118 member states representing the interests and priorities of developing countries.

Venezuela will host the 17th summit of the NAM in 2015.

By Ekow Quandzie

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