The 18th Mid-term Ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement kicked off in Baku on Thursday (5 April) with a speech by the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev. Representatives of 120 countries and a number of observer states are participating.
The theme of the meeting is "Promoting International Peace and Security for Sustainable Development". Around 800 participants are attending the meeting which is being held at the Baku Congress Center.
The Ministerial Meeting is in preparation for the next summit of the heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement, which will be held in Baku in 2019. At that point Azerbaijan will take over the Chairmanship of the global organisation for the next three years.
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photo: Family photo of the head of delegations attending the Ministerial meeting of the Non Aligned Movement which opened in baku on 5 April 2018 (picture courtesy of the press service of the president of Azerbaijan)
Earlier in the day Putin made a shorty private visit to Austria, where he attended the wedding of the Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneisl, and held what was described by the Kremlin as "a brief conversation" with the Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz.
Addressing Armenia's foreign policy Nikol Pashinyan said he wanted a qualitative improvement in the relations with Russia and to improve relations with the EU. To those who are saying Armenia is going to the west, Pashinyan said, "Armenia is going nowhere. It is just standing on its feet"