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“To become a viable regional organization, SAARC must be responsive to the aspirations of its people”. This was stated by the Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Mr. Sartaj Aziz at the SAARC Ministerial Meeting today in Kathmandu, which preceded the two-day Summit, starting tomorrow. The Adviser, in his statement, emphasized that regional cooperation strategy must be formulated and pursued with political will and commitment of the Member States.

The Council of Ministers, a Charter Body of SAARC, which meets once a year, took stock of the SAARC’s progress, discussed the recommendations made by the Standing Committee that met on 23-24 November, and took a range of decisions for the strengthening of the SAARC processes.

The Council prepared recommendations for consideration at the Summit and also finalized the Declaration of the Summit, which was drafted by the Programming Committee and discussed at the Standing Committee, for adoption by the Leaders.

25 November, 2014

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