The U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has arrived in Tehran to attend the Nonaligned Movement (NAM) countries summit, as well as for talks with the Iranian leadership, according to Iran's official news agency IRNA.
The agency added that about 30 head leaders of state or government and delegations of nearly 100 countries are expected to participate in the summit .
The summit began Sunday and will continue Tuesday and Wednesday with foreign ministers, concluding Thursday and Friday at the level of leaders of state.
Reuters cited an Iranian official as saying that Iran might allow the summit attendees in town to visit a military base suspected of housing nuclear experiments.
But according to a pervious statment by the U.N., Ban will visit Iran to attend the ongoing Nonaligned Movement (NAM) countries summit there, but he will not visit Iran’s nuclear facilities, as was reported earlier by some Iran's media.
Meanwhile, the United States and Israel have criticized the U.N. Secretary-General’s decision to attend the summit, which gives an approval to a diplomatic event widely exploited by Iran, to try to break the isolation in which western countries seek to impose on Tehran because of its controversial nuclear program.
On the other hand, spokesman for the U.N., Farhan Haq announced that the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon decided that he will attend the summit despite objections voiced by the U.S. and Israel.
The spokesman added that Ban Ki-moon will discuss Iran’s possible assistance in settling the conflict in Syria.
In a statement earlier this month, Haq said that Ban is looking forward to the summit as an opportunity to work with the participating heads of state and government of 120 states toward solutions for issues that are central to the international agenda of peace and security. These states consider themselves as independent states from Washington and Moscow influence.
According to the Faris news agency, Ban also is expected to meet Wednesday with Iranian Parliament Speaker , former head of Iran's nuclear agency.
I do not understand the source of fear by America and the West regarding the presence of the Secretary General of the United Nations for this summit in Tehran. Everyone knows and confirms that this conference will never change the reality of Iran being a state and a system against international law. We would not expect, for example, the sanctions on Iran to be removed.
The important point is that such summits are useless, especially after the dismantling of the Soviet Union and the survival of America as the leader of the free world.
Of course Iran will seek to persuade the summit attendees that it is a peaceful state and that they want to be supplied with nuclear energy for peaceful purposes only. They also might add that the idea of making a war is not in their minds at all.
I'm really sad over the loss of time and money wasted on the hospitality for heads of states and delegations present in such summits. I think that Iran should give priority to its people instead of supporting armed movements in Lebanon and Gaza.
Iranians are looking forward for a spring that removes the oppressive regime.