President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to visit Ghana

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), will pay a two-today official visit to Ghana on Tuesday, April 16.

The Iranian leader is expected to hold discussions with President John Dramani Mahama on ways of strengthening the NAM, Mr Mahama Ayariga, Minister of Information and Media Relations, said in a statement on Saturday.

The leaders would co-chair a bilateral meeting to deliberate on issues of mutual interest, the statement said.

President Ahmadinejad will leave Accra on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is a group of states which are not aligned formally with or against any major power bloc. As of 2012, the movement has 120 members and 17 observer countries.

The organization was founded in Belgrade in 1961, and was largely conceived by Yugoslavia’s president, Josip Broz Tito; Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno; Egypt’s second president, Gamal Abdel Nasser; Ghana’s first president Kwame Nkrumah; and India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.

All five leaders were prominent advocates of a middle course for states in the Developing World between the Western and Eastern blocs in the Cold War. The phrase itself was first used to represent the doctrine by Indian diplomat and statesman V.K. Krishna Menon in 1953, at the United Nations.