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Non-Aligned Movement needs to undertake a new journey: India

Syed Akbaruddin. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION New Delhi, India Jul 22, 2019, 10.23 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

India has said the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) needs to re-examine and revise its methodology and the grouping needs to undertake a new journey.

India was represented by Indian envoy to United Nations Syed Akbaruddin at the NAM Ministerial Meeting in Caracas, Venezuela.

Speaking at the meet, Akbaruddin said, "Our inertia is considerable... Our methodology of discussion and decision-making needs to be re-examined and revised. Our agenda needs to be progressive and forward-looking."

Explaining, "World is awash with new challenges. However, to effectively make a difference, we, the NAM, need to undertake a new journey."

NAM was established in Belgrade in 1961 and was a joint initiative of former Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito.

Climate change, digital technologies and terrorism are three issues raised by India at NAM Meet in Venezuela. 

On terror, Akbaruddin said, "All our talk about combating the scourge of terrorism has not been matched by actions" and "our collective response at countering terrorism must transcend from ad hoc and crisis-orientated reaction towards" building "standing structures intended to be durable and insulated from rhetoric."

Reiterating India's stand on Palestine, Akbaruddin said New Delhi's "Support for the cause of Palestine shall continue". This is an important statement given the growing closeness of New Delhi with Israel. 

He also slammed Islamabad saying "NAM never was and never can be a platform for pursuits aimed at undermining the territorial integrity of a State by another State."