Malaysia calls on NAM to mitigate impact of Covid-19 pandemic
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia urged the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to work together to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar, during Malaysia’s statement at the “NAM Mid-Term Online Ministerial Conference” via a pre-recorded video on Wednesday, also called on the movement to ensure an adequate supply of vaccines to all Member States.
Apart from Covid-19, Wisma Putra said in a statement yesterday that Kamarudin also highlighted the current situation in Palestine, urging the movement to do everything possible to end Israel’s violations against the Palestinians and ensure that the occupying power be held responsible for its crimes.
“He further called on NAM member states to sign and accept the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty which entered into force earlier this year,” the statement said.
The NAM mid-term ministerial conference is usually convened a year and a half after the last NAM summit to, among other things, review the developments and decisions of the previous summit and discuss urgent issues.
According to the statement, this year’s conference brought together NAM member states to strengthen multilateral efforts in addressing global challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic.
With the theme “NAM at the center of multilateral efforts to respond to global challenges,” the conference was composed of NAM member states as well as observer states at ministerial, deputy minister and ambassador levels.
It was chaired by Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov.
Wisma Putra said the conference adopted a political declaration that underscores the central role played by NAM in mobilizing global efforts to address the negative consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In addition, the declaration reaffirmed the movement’s shared commitment to maintaining and promoting international and regional peace, security and stability, as well as the peaceful resolution of disputes.
He also welcomed the admission of Russia as an observer state of the movement, said Wisma Putra. – Bernama