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No proposal to make China Saarc member: Bhattarai
Nov 28, 2014-
Dinesh Bhattarai, foreign relations adviser to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, has said there was no official proposal from Saarc member states to elevate China as a Saarc member.
China is an observer nation of Saarc, and there were proposals from some member countries to make the world’s second largest economy as a dialogue partner but not as a member state, he said at an interaction in the Capital on Friday.
As per the Saarc practice, a proposal to increase the role of an observer country to dialogue or strategic partner should come through the members and be decided unanimously.
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin, who represented China at the 18th Saarc Summit in Kathmandu, had said that his country was ready to further deepen cooperation, promote relations with the regional grouping, and contribute to peace, stability and prosperity in South Asia.
China is growing global power and it is associated with Saarc Observer, but no discussion took place regarding giving China an extra role in the Saarc, Bhattarai said.
Former foreign minister Prakash Chandra Lohai said in terms of management and security, the summit, which concluded on Thursday, was highly successful. The only negative story of the summit, he said, was Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi cancelling his planned visits outside the Kathmandu Valley because of internal politics and immature diplomacy.
UML lawmaker Rajan Bhattarai commended the government for organising the summit successfully. He also emphasised the need of restructuring the Saarc Secretariat located in Kathmandu. Senior leader of Madhesi Jana Adhikar Forum Jitendra Dev said that Saarc Summit was hugely successful in terms of management, diplomatic skills and political will and hailed the role played by Prime Minister Sushil Koirala for bringing Indian and Pakistani prime ministers closer.
Published: 29-11-2014 09:35