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SAARC Summit 2014
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Dr. Kavita Sharma, President of the South Asian University Distinguished panelists, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen.   I feel honoured and privileged to join you all today at this special event on ‘SAARC in a Globalizing World’. I am especially happy that we are having this event on December 8 which is observed as SAARC Charter Day to commemorate the signing of the SAARC Charter in 1985.
 
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The SAARC summit in Kathmandu took place after a three-year lapse which was marked by drift.   The summit concluded on a familiar track: a summit declaration, statements from leaders affirming South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) goals, at least one agreement of tangible impact and all-is-well-that-ends-well type photo ops to take home. 
 
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A brief though recalcitrant handshake between Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi seems to have salvaged the eighteenth SAARC summit in Kathmandu.

 
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The game of one-upmanship by India and Pakistan, the two leading countries of SAARC, is likely to do immense harm to the cause of the poverty-ridden South Asian region, where concerted efforts at regional cooperation could be crucial in shaping its future development

 

Contrary to reports, the hugely publicised handshake between Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi at the SAARC summit was preceded by other exchanges of pleasantries

 
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The 2014 SAARC Summit, which started with high expectations, ended low on delivery. The rivalry between India and Pakistan continues to frustrate efforts to integrate South Asia. 

 
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The 18th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) mercifully came to a close last week. As is the case with each SAARC summit, the actual event failed to produce anything of significant value besides the promise of a pan-South Asian energy deal. 

 
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Despite three decades of the existence of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), its aims of regional peace, prosperity and stability have not materialized. 

 
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The Kathmandu Declaration of the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit has many things to say about collective development of agriculture in the region.

 
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  The 18th SAARC summit concluded in Kathmandu with the signing of a framework agreement on energy cooperation and the adoption of a declaration that keeps hopes alive that the regional body will move on, albeit at a snail’s pace.
 


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