Print Edition - 2014-10-27 | Nation
All 7 members invited for 18th Saarc Summit
Oct 26, 2014-
Nepal has extended invitations to heads of state and government of all seven Saarc member states to attend the 18th Saarc Summit taking place in Kathmandu on November 26 and 27.
On behalf of Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey completed visits of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and the Maldives recently and extended the invitation, the Foreign Ministry in a statement.
Pandey was in Pakistani capital Islamabad on October 23 on his last leg of his visit, where he invited Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to participate in the summit.
During the meeting, Minister Pandey also appraised PM Sharif about the ongoing preparations for the summit, the statement said.
Pandey also made a courtesy call on Sartaj Aziz, adviser to the Pakistani PM on national security and foreign affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad and extended an invitation to attend the meeting of Saarc Council of Ministers in Kathmandu on November 25.
Saarc preparations in final stage
Paper works related to the Saarc Summit have almost been over, while authorities are reportedly handing some last-minute logistics such as procurement of vehicles, computers and renovation and maintenance of roads, some building for Saarc Summit.
A Foreign Ministry source said at least four agreements related to connectivity will be signed this time as connectivity is the major theme of the summit. Deep integration for peace and prosperity is the theme of the summit.
The source said that agreements related to railway, Saarc motor vehicles, Saarc youth charter and energy cooperation will be signed during the summit and that the member states have already agreed on draft proposals of all the four pacts.
According to the source, Dhulikhel has been selected as retreat after some heads of state expressed concern over traveling outside Kathmandu. Indian Prime Minister Narenadra Modi has already made his desire to visit Lumbini and Janakpur, while Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Bhutanese premier Tshering Tobgay have also expressed their desire to visit Lumbini.
Published: 27-10-2014 09:06