PUTRAJAYA: Leaders from member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) should attend the summit, scheduled for Feb 24 and 25, in order to establish their networking and strengthen their common bonds.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said NAM members, mostly consisting of developing nations, were large enough to project their own interests in the face of rapid globalisation.
If we dont get together, we will not be able to face globalisation and participate in the process to our best advantage.
Afterall, the world needs a collaborative effort to progress and to counter the effects of an enlarging poverty gap and information technology divide among the members.
We need to get together to send a clear message on the aspirations of the developing countries to the rest of the world, he told reporters after handing over US$50,000 (RM190,000) in humanitarian assistance to Ecuador ambassador Dr Marco Tulio Cordero Zamora at his office here yesterday.
The humanitarian assistance was to aid victims of a recent volcanic eruption in the countrys capital Quito.
At present, 27 heads of government had written to confirm their attendance at the summit in Kuala Lumpur.
Meanwhile, the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (Asli) is holding a NAM business forum to coincide with the summit.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad will deliver a keynote address on Feb 23.