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The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) was established on December 8, 1985 to organize and unite the governments of of its seven original members: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka to promote mutual progress and development.

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18th SAARC Summit
The upcoming 18th SAARC Summit is scheduled to take place in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, from 26-27 November 2014. Since the last summit, which was held in Maldives in 2011, the forthcoming summit is organized after a gap of three years. The motif of the summit is "deeper integration for peace and prosperity," and it will focus on deeper integration, including the free play of market forces, imply liberalization of services, investment, and withdrawal of non-tariff hurdles.
Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, Nepal's Minister for Foreign Affairs has said that the summit would give paramount importance to regional unity and also in achieving “durable peace and prosperity.” He also stressed that the summit will take concomitant actions for uprooting illiteracy by 2030 from the place, giving importance to quality education, strengthening the position of women, generating employment opportunities for youth, etc.

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The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation was founded as a movement toward collective progress for the involved nations of South Asia. The organization promoted political cooperation between these strategic nations for the mutual progression of the countries socially, economically, and culturally.

There were seven original members of the SAARC: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Afghanistan later joined the SAARC in 2007 bringing the total number of members up to eight. There are also nine observer states: Australia, China, the European Union, Japan, Iran, Mauritius, Myanmar, South Korea, and the United States.

The idea for the SAARC was proposed on May 2, 1980 by Ziaur Rahman, then president of Bangladesh. The founding countries met for the first time in April 1981, and then in 1985, they created the SAARC Charter. They sought peace, stability, amity, and progress including improving quality of life for all involved nations.

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SAARC Member Countries News and Updates

SAARC leaders gather at Nepal resort for retreat
Kathmandu, Nov 27 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew in an Indian Air Force chopper to the Dhulikhel resort to join other South Asian leaders at the retreat there Thursday, the concluding day of the two-day Saarc Summit.(Source: IANS)

10:39 PM, November 26, 2014 (PST)

China pledges increased engagement with Saarc
Kathmandu, Nov 26 (IANS) A senior Chinese official said here Wednesday that the country will continue to deepen its ties with South Asian countries and outlined extensive policies to engage in trade liberalisation and development.(Source: IANS)

10:33 PM, November 26, 2014 (PST)

Saarc leaders seek deeper cooperation in space technology
Kathmandu, Nov 26 (IANS) Regional collaboration in space technology must be enhanced to achieve sustainable development in South Asia, according to leaders of Saarc member states.(Source:IANS)

01:37 AM, November 26, 2014 (PST)

No talks planned with Pakistan: India
Kathmandu, Nov 26 (IANS) India Wednesday said there was "no structured meeting" planned between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.(Source:IANS)

01:34 AM, November 26, 2014 (PST)

Nepal highlights security, stronger ties at Saarc summit
Kathmandu, Nov 26 (IANS) Nepal as the new chair of Saarc will focus on connectivity, security and eradicating extreme poverty, said Prime Minister Sushil Koirala Wednesday.(Source:IANS)

01:30 AM, November 26, 2014 (PST)

Nepal highlights security, stronger ties at Saarc summit
Kathmandu, Nov 26 (IANS) Nepal as the new chair of Saarc will focus on connectivity, security and eradicating extreme poverty, said Prime Minister Sushil Koirala Wednesday.(Source:IANS)

01:30 AM, November 26, 2014 (PST)

India can connect Saarc students through e-libraries: Modi
Kathmandu, Nov 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday said India is prepared to connect students in the south Asian region through e-libraries.(Source:IANS)
 

01:29 AM, November 26, 2014 (PST)

Modi raises terrorism at Saarc on Mumbai attack anniversary
Kathmandu, Nov 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday recalled the horror of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack at the Saarc summit and stressed on the need to combat "terrorism and trans-national crimes".(Source:IANS)

01:28 AM, November 26, 2014 (PST)

India to give business visa for 3-5 years for Saarc: Modi
Kathmandu, Nov 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday said India will give business visa for three to five years for Saarc countries and called for making procedures simple and facilities better.(Source:IANS)

01:27 AM, November 26, 2014 (PST)

Saarc Summit begins in Kathmandu
Kathmandu, Nov 26 (IANS) With all eyes on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's take on the future of South Asia, the 18th Saarc Summit commenced here Wednesday morning.(Source:IANS)

10:05 PM, November 25, 2014 (PST)

China to continue working with Saarc for mutual benefit: Official
Beijing, Nov 25 (IANS) China attaches great importance to Saarc and will continue its practical cooperation with the regional bloc ?in the spirit of mutual benefit and win-win cooperation?, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said Tuesday.(Source:IANS)

08:55 PM, November 25, 2014 (PST)

Saarc may help reduce tensions with India: Pakistan minister
Islamabad, Nov 25 (IANS) Pakistani Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has expressed hope that the good relations with India would soon been normalised and the 18th Saarc summit may facilitate reducing existing tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi.(Source:IANS)

08:53 PM, November 25, 2014 (PST)

Modi arrives in Nepal for Saarc summit
Kathmandu, Nov 25 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Modi arrived Kathmandu Tuesday afternoon in a special Indian Air Force aircraft to attend the 18th Saarc Summit Nov 26-27.(Source:IANS)

02:48 AM, November 25, 2014 (PST)

Hope Saarc reduces India-Pakistan tensions: minister
Islamabad, Nov 25 (IANS) Pakistan hopes that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's participation in the Saarc Summit in Nepal will help reduce India-Pakistan tensions, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said Tuesday.(Source:IANS)

01:39 AM, November 25, 2014 (PST)
Last Updated : November 26, 2014


  SAARC Summits Dates and Host Cities  
NoDateCountryHostHost leader
1st7–8 December 1985BangladeshDhakaAtaur Rahman Khan
2nd16–17 November 1986IndiaBengaluruJayanth M Gowda
3rd2–4 November 1987NepalKathmanduMarich Man Singh Shrestha
4th29–31 December 1988PakistanIslamabadBenazir Bhutto
5th21–23 November 1990MaldivesMaléMaumoon Abdul Gayoom
6th21 December 1991Sri LankaColomboRanasinghe Premadasa
7th10–11 April 1993BangladeshDhakaKhaleda Zia
8th2–4 May 1995IndiaNew DelhiP V Narasimha Rao
9th12–14 May 1997MaldivesMaléMaumoon Abdul Gayoom
10th29–31 July 1998Sri LankaColomboChandrika Kumaratunga
11th4–6 January 2002NepalKathmanduSher Bahadur Deuba
12th2–6 January 2004PakistanIslamabadZafarullah Khan Jamali
13th12–13 November 2005BangladeshDhakaKhaleda Zia
14th3–4 April 2007IndiaNew DelhiManmohan Singh
15th1–3 August 2008Sri LankaColomboMahinda Rajapaksa
16th28–29 April 2010BhutanThimphuJigme Thinley
17th10–11 November 2011 MaldivesAdduMohammed Nasheed
18th26-27 November 2014 NepalKathmanduSushil Koirala

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