Indian, Bangladeshi advance teams start venue inspection

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
 Indian, Bangladeshi advance teams start venue inspection

Nov 2, 2014-

Advance teams from India and Bangladesh arrived in the Capital on Sunday to assess preparations for the 18th Saarc Summit to be held on November 26 and 27.

The seven-member Indian and five-member Bangladeshi teams inspected the VIP lounge at the Tribhuvan International Airport, President’s Office, Hotel Soaltee and City Hall--the main venue of the summit.

Each of the visiting delegations comprises senior security officials and officials from respective Prime Minister Offices, according to a Foreign Ministry official.

On the opening day of the tour, Chief of Protocol Kali Prasad Pokhrel and other senior officials from the ministry and security agencies escorted the visiting teams to the places that would be visited by the Saarc dignitaries during the summit.

They will continue their inspection of other sites, including retreat venue in Dhulikhel, and hotel management among other arrangements.

Similarly, the Indian team will visit Janakpur and Lumbini where Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to travel on the sidelines of the summit. But the Indian advance team will not visit Muktinath, said the ministry official. A Nepali team consisting of officials from the Foreign Ministry, Home Ministry and various security agencies will visit Muktinath to asses the preparations and security arrangements.

The advance teams will also take briefing from senior security and administrative officials on security arrangements for the summit, said the Foreign Ministry official.

The Home Ministry, in coordination with Nepal Army, Armed Police Force, Nepal Police and National Intelligence Department, have prepared a detailed security plan for the summit venues that are critically important for security reason.

“Once the advance teams are convinced that summit venue is fully secured, heads of state or government will take a final call to attend the summit,” added the official.

‘Members to ink 3 pacts during summit’

Speaking at the International Affairs and Labour Committee of the Legislature-Parliament on Sunday, Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey said that three separate agreements will be signed during the Saarc Summit with an aim to further cooperation among the member states.

The agreements on motor vehicle, railway and energy sector are aimed at improving land connectivity and guaranteeing increased access to economic activities among the Saarc nations, he said. The member nations are scheduled to strike another understanding on Saarc Youth Charter.

“A 31-point Kathmandu Declaration will be issued,” Pandey said, adding that the Nepali side had already submitted the draft of the declaration and agreements to other member countries.

The Kathmandu declaration will incorporate issues of land connectivity among the member states, climate change, poverty alleviation, sharing of energy in the Saarc region, and promotion of tourism and trade.

“Nepal will be stressing for the implementation of the past agreements and issues mentioned in the declaration in letter and spirit as the preparation is underway to merge Saarc-level regional organisations,” the minister said, adding that preparations are underway in war footing.

Published: 03-11-2014 08:57

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