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Three issues to be highlighted in NAM summit

By Du Yuanjiang, Yang Shuyi, Zhu Xiaolong (Xinhua)

10:26, August 27, 2012

TEHRAN, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- The 16th summit of heads of states or governments of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) will be held on Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 in Tehran and is expected be attended by heads or high-ranking officials from more than 100 countries.

Prior to the summit meeting, a ministerial-level meeting of NAM will be held following a two-day expert-level NAM conference which opened on Sunday.

This year's NAM summit is held against the backdrop of a series of upheavals in West Asia and North Africa.

Besides the traditional issues like human rights, fighting terrorism, WMDs (Weapons of Mass Destruction) disarmament, Palestinian issue and reforms in the UN structure, another three issues will also be highlighted on the sidelines of the summit, analysts said.

SYRIAN CRISIS

With the Syrian crisis lingering, Iran, Syria's close ally, will take the advantage of hosting this round of NAM summit to gain support for the Syrian government, analysts said.

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