EGYPT (July 14) — Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will represent the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations in the 15th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Egypt on July 15 to 16 as its spokesperson. The summit will be held in Sharm El Sheikh at the southern tip of the country.
The Summit’s purpose is to strengthen regional and global cooperation on political, economic and social issues affecting developing countries.
According to Press Secretary Cerge Remonde, President Arroyo, who was invited by the Egyptian President Muhamed Hosni Sayid Ibrahim Mubarak to attend the conference, has “always been on the forefront in combating domestic and international terrorism, promoting interfaith dialogue to achieve lasting peace, and advancing peace and development to fight poverty.”
The ASEAN is composed of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
Egypt is one of the most important founding countries of the Non-Aligned Movement which accounts for two-thirds of the United Nations membership. This is Egypt’s second time to host the event since 1964.