SAARC mat­ters

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

The 35th ses­sion of the SAARC Min­is­ters of For­eign Af­fairs was held in Male. The meet­ing of the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters was pre­ceded by the 40th ses­sion of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee, sixth spe­cial ses­sion of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee and 45th ses­sion of the Pro­gram­ming Com­mit­tee. Agen­das re­lated to main­tain­ing re­la­tions with ob­server na­tions, dis­cus­sions over grant­ing ob­server sta­tus to Rus­sia and Turkey, the is­sue of re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity, ap­proval of the new SAARC Sec­re­tary Gen­eral be­long­ing to Nepal and the de­ci­sion on cul­tural ties with China and South Korea were dis­cussed.

The meet­ing also dis­cussed the Com­pre­hen­sive Study on Strength­en­ing SAARC mech­a­nisms, the first ever con­ducted by the Sec­re­tariat, in­clud­ing Re­gional Cen­ters and spe­cial­ized bod­ies.

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