President Yoweri Museveni has left for Tehran to attend the 120-member country 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) three-day summit that is taking place in Iran. The organization has 17 countries with observer status.
The President was seen off at Entebbe International Airport by the Inspector General the Air Force Commander, Major General Jim Ow'oyesigire and the Commissioner Genera of Prisons, Dr. Johnson Byabashaija.
At the Tehran Summit, Iran is taking over from Egypt as chair of the Non-Aligned Movement for the period 2012 to 2015.
The member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement represent nearly two thirds of the United Nations' members and contain 55% of the total world population. Membership of NAM is particularly concentrated in countries considered to be developing or part of the 3rd world.
The organization was founded in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1961 and was largely the brainchild of Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito, India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, Egyptian 2nd President, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Ghana's first President, Kwame Nkrumah and Indonesia's first President, Sukarno.
All the five leaders were advocates of a middle course for states in the developing world between the Western and Eastern blocs in the Cold War era after the 2nd World War.