President Rajapaksa to address special NAM summit tomorrow

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will address a special Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit via teleconference tomorrow (Monday).

The President’s media unit said that he will speak at the summit via video conference and it will be live streamed from 6.15 PM tomorrow.

Several other world leaders will also speak at the special summit from their respective countries on the coronavirus situation.

The meeting is to be chaired by Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, the NAM chairman for the 2019-2022 term.

The 74th United Nations General Assembly President, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-Deneral Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and African Union Commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat will also attend the meeting.

United Nations secretary-general António Guterres is expected to deliver a pre-recorded message at the summit.

The conference is expected to adopt a declaration as a sign of NAM solidarity in urging for stronger international cooperation in the fight against COVID-19.

The conference, themed United in Fighting COVID-19, will also stress the value of multilateralism in tackling challenges facing NAM members in the fight against the pandemic. (Colombo Gazette)