SAARC Char­ter day ob­served

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Bhutan cel­e­brated the es­tab­lish­ment of the South Asian As­so­ci­a­tion for Re­gional Co­op­er­a­tion (SAARC) on Fri­day 7 De­cem­ber 2018, in Tashich­hod­zong and ob­served the thirty-fourth an­niver­sary of the sign­ing of the SAARC Char­ter.

A light­ing of a thou­sand but­ter lamps was or­ga­nized at the Kuen­ray of Tashich­hod­zong to celebrate the oc­ca­sion. For­eign Min­is­ter Dr. Tandi Dorji graced the oc­ca­sion as the chief guest. Se­nior of­fi­cials of the gov­ern­ment along with mem­bers of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity at­tended the event.

The SAARC Char­ter signed on 8 De­cem­ber 1985 is of his­toric sig­nif­i­cance to our re­gion. Rec­og­niz­ing our shared his­tory and com­mon des­tiny, the Char­ter en­shrined the de­sire and de­ter­mi­na­tion of our coun­ties to fos­ter mu­tual un­der­stand­ing, friend­ship and mean­ing­ful co­op­er­a­tion for peace and pros­per­ity.

The ob­jec­tive of SAARC is to ac­cel­er­ate the process of so­cial, eco­nomic and cultural de­vel­op­ment in the re­gion. The cur­rent ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion among the Mem­ber States en­com­passes poverty al­le­vi­a­tion, trade, en­ergy, fi­nance, agri­cul­ture, ed­u­ca­tion, con­nec­tiv­ity, so­cial de­vel­op­ment, cli­mate change, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, coun­ter­ing ter­ror­ism and transna­tional crime, il­licit use of drugs, among sev­eral oth­ers.

As a found­ing mem­ber, Bhutan at­taches high im­por­tance to the pur­pose and prin­ci­ples of the SAARC Char­ter. Bhutan will con­tinue to work with the Mem­ber States to make SAARC a dy­namic, re­spon­sive and ef­fec­tive re­gional or­ga­ni­za­tion that con­trib­utes to re­al­iz­ing the shared dreams and as­pi­ra­tions of our peo­ples.

Ly­onch­hen Dr. Lotey Tsh­er­ing in a mes­sage is­sued to the peo­ple of South Asia ex­tended his warm­est greet­ings and fe- lic­i­ta­tions to the peo­ple of South Asia on the happy and aus­pi­cious oc­ca­sion of the 34th An­niver­sary of the SAARC Char­ter Day.

He said that Bhutan be­ing the found­ing mem­ber had re­mained com­mit­ted to the put poses and prin­ci­ples of the SAARC Char­ter. “Since its es­tab­lish­ment in 1985, it is a mat­ter of great sat­is­fac­tion to note that the SAARC progress has grown based on our shared val­ues, be­liefs and as­pi­ra­tions. The re­gional will to co­op­er­ate in many im­por­tant ar­eas un­der the frame­work of SAARC has man­i­fested it­self in many land­mark de­vel­op­ments. This has served to pro­vide greater im­pe­tus and vi­tal­ity to the SAARC process.” He said.

“As we com­mem­o­rate the thirty-fourth an­niver­sary of our As­so­ci­a­tion, it is fitting oc­ca­sion to celebrate the sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ments made by SAARC in eco­nomic, so­cial and cultural fields. It is also a fitting oc­ca­sion to pay trib­ute to the con­vic­tion and wis­dom of the found­ing fa­thers of SAARC who es­tab­lished the as­so­ci­a­tion to pro­mote re­gional co­op­er­a­tion in many im­por­tant ar­eas for the well-be­ing of the peo­ple of South Asia.” He added.

Tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity he reaf­firmed the com­mit­ment of the gov­ern­ment to the SAARC process and look for­ward to work­ing closely with all other mem­bers' states to fur­ther achieve the goals and ob­jec­tives en­shrined in the SAARC Char­ter.

For­eign Min­is­ter Dr. Tandi Dorji with se­nior of­fi­cials of the gov­ern­ment along with mem­bers of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity ob­served the SAARC char­ter day

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