At the official invitation of the Republic of Uganda, the host of the 19th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the Deputy Prime Minister and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs U Than Swe participated in the 19th Summit of the NAM which was held on 19-20 January 2024 in Kampala, Uganda.
The Opening Ceremony of the 19th Summit of the NAM was held at the Rwenzori Convention Centre on 19 January 2024 and Welcome Remarks was delivered by Mr. Jeyhun Bayramov, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Head of Delegation of Azerbaijan and current Chair of the NAM.
Then, Mr. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the President of Uganda was elected by acclamation by all NAM Member Countries as the Chair of the 19th Summit of the NAM and Azerbaijan handed over the Chairmanship of NAM to Uganda.
The Vice President of Cuba and the Current Chair of the G-77 and China, the President of the 78th Session of the UN General Assembly and the Chair of the African Union Commission also delivered their Remarks respectively.
The Heads of Delegation of more than (80) countries attended the 19th Summit of the NAM which was held on 19-20 January 2024 and delivered their country statements.
In the afternoon of 20 January 2024, the Deputy Prime Minister and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs U Than Swe delivered a statement at the Plenary Session of the 19th Summit of the NAM. In his statement, the Deputy Prime Minister and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs expressed his sincere thanks to the Government and the people of Uganda for hosting this important Summit and he congratulated Azerbaijan for the successful Chairmanship for the past four years. The Deputy Prime Minister added that the theme of this Summit “Deepening Cooperation for Shared Global Affluence” is timely and most relevant to current global situations. He mentioned Myanmar’s conviction that cooperation, engagement and solidarity among the NAM members can overcome challenges and complexities that we are facing today. Having witnessed that our world is facing unprecedented challenges, he stressed the need for NAM to be more united to practically address the global issues of concern, conflicts and competition between great powers. The Deputy Prime Minister also highlighted that as a founding member of NAM, Myanmar wishes NAM to remain as the most relevant platform for developing Countries for addressing numerous global issues and challenges. In his statement, the Deputy Prime Minister and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs also apprised the Meeting of the Myanmar Government’s efforts to ensure peace, development and democracy in the country and the latest developments of Myanmar.
In the evening of 19 January 2024, the President and the First Lady of Uganda hosted a State Dinner in honor of Heads of Delegation of NAM Member Countries.
The Third South Summit of the Group of 77 and China is being held in Kampala from 21 January 2024 and Myanmar delegation led by U Myint Lwin, Myanmar Ambassador to Egypt is attending the said Summit.
The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is a forum which was founded in 1961 with the view to advancing interests of developing countries. At the 19th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the South Sudan was admitted as the newest member of the NAM. Therefore, 121 countries are now members to the NAM. Myanmar is a founding member of the Non-Aligned Movement.