The statistics of the Saarc region reveal a grim picture and a problematic road map towards integration: South Asia accounts for nearly 23 per cent of the total world population, yet its share of global GDP is less than three per cent and the region is home to 400 million poor people.This year's summit adopted the theme of Building Bridges, but the perpetual state of hostility that exists between India and Pakistan over Kashmir demonstrates the relative frailties of Saarc.
Recent charges of governmental support for the Haqqani Network and other violent terrorist groups have revived fears of Pakistani nuclear material making it into the wrong hands. Pakistan must take real, visible steps at preventing cooperation between the military and non-state groups in the border regions if the nuclear stability and emerging peace in South Asia is to continue.
The Addu Declaration was adopted at the concluding session in presence of all heads of government and states of the eight member countries -Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit has decided to set the timeline for finalising a framework for rail and sea connectivity.
Gilani emphasises need for coordination amongst SAARC members. -Singh announces trade incentives for member states.-Nasheed calls for need to build bridges
People’s SAARC, a parallel process of the civil society expressed concern over rising expenditure on purchase of arms and ammunition in the region and appealed the SAARC member to increase investments in the social sector especially health, education, housing, adequate food as basic rights for a more equitable and sustainable society.
he United States expects a productive SAARC Summit this week as the meeting follows Pakistan’s move to bolster trade with its eastern neighbour India and South and Central Asian countries’ positve approach to the idea of New Silk Road passing through Pakistan and its western neighbor Afghanistan.
India has deployed at least a couple of aircraft and warships, including a frigate packed with weapons, to provide "security cover" to the ongoing Saarc summit at Maldives.
The official machinery in seven countries in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) region is busy working out details of bilateral meetings with India, reemphasising this year SAARC's theme of building bridges.
“India has always helped us in times of need. We will always be India's friend and we believe that we cannot find a better friend than India,” President Mohamed Nasheed said when asked if Sino-Maldivian cooperation could negatively impact on relations with India.
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