International Alliance's Choice of Iran as Leader Further Illustrates True Extremist Views, Ros-Lehtinen Says

Secretary-General Ban's Attendance Encourages Rogue Regimes

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding the Iranian regime’s ascension to Secretary-General of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and corresponding summit currently being held in Tehran.  Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“Judging from its new leader, Iran, and its membership, it is clear the ‘Non-Aligned Movement’ is an alliance of extremists, flagrant human rights abusers, and purveyors of hate. The Iranian regime’s anti-freedom agenda will fit nicely with fellow NAM members like Kim’s North Korea, Assad’s Syria, Chavez’s Venezuela, Cuba under the Castro brothers, and Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, who all continue to oppress their own citizens while spreading messages of hate and engaging in activities that threaten global peace and security.

“This disturbing trend is nothing new, as only months ago, Iran’s leader embarked on a ‘Tour of Tyrants’ through the Western Hemisphere recruiting fellow despots in Cuba, Ecuador,  Nicaragua, and Venezuela to support the regime’s extremist agenda and cement its NAM ambitions.

“More disturbing is that Iran and other pariahs are being legitimized by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s attendance at the NAM summit.  Secretary-General Ban’s actions only encourage Iran and other despots, undermining the pursuit of peace and the struggle for freedom and universal human rights.

“NAM members who identify themselves as democratic, responsible nations should distance themselves from this organization which has clearly become a tool for rogue regimes to advance their oppressive agendas.”




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