SAARC MINISTERAL MEETChanging Dynamics

For the first time in the last few years, SAARC foreign ministers meeting held in Nepal’s western city Pokhara

March 18, 2016, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol 09, No 17, March 18,2016 (Chaitra 5,2072)

Known for its lackluster performance, foreign ministers from eight South Asian countries gathered in Pokhara to discuss the issues on regional economic integration and development.

In a hopeless state of almost three decades, South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation is no more than a club of countries having overshadowed by bilateral differences.

However, the situation is now very favorable and India and Pakistan’s relations is gradually warming as the meeting of two foreign ministers sideline of the SAARC ministerial meeting.

The 37th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Council of Ministers' meeting kicked off with a hope to get certain pace.  The SAARC Council of Ministers' meeting itself is being held for the first time outside of the capital city of a host member state.

Foreign ministers from six SAARC member countries have confirmed they will attend the meeting.

Officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said deputy foreign minister from Afghanistan and Pakistani Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Adviser will be participate at the meeting.

The meeting will dwell on road and air network, energy development, cooperation on control of terrorism, poverty alleviation, common trade and youth unemployment, among others.

 

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