19th SAARC Summits in Islamabad, Pakistan
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 of America.
The idea for the SAARC was proposed on May 2, 1980, by Ziaur Rahman, the 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 the involved nations.
SAARC Summits Dates and Host Cities
|19th||9-10 November 2016||Pakistan||Islamabad||Nawaz Sharif|
|18th||26-27 November 2014||Nepal||Kathmandu||Sushil Koirala|
|17th||10-11 November 2011||Maldives||Addu||Mohammed Nasheed|
|16th||28-29 April 2010||Bhutan||Thimphu||Jigme Thinley|
|15th||1-3 August 2008||Sri Lanka||Colombo||Mahinda Rajapaksa|
|14th||3-4 April 2007||India||New Delhi||Manmohan Singh|
|13th||12-13 November 2005||Bangladesh||Dhaka||Khaleda Zia|
|12th||2-6 January 2004||Pakistan||Islamabad||Zafarullah Khan Jamali|
|11th||4-6 January 2002||Nepal||Kathmandu||Sher Bahadur Deuba|
|10th||29-31 July 1998||Sri Lanka||Colombo||Chandrika Kumaratunga|
|9th||12-14 May 1997||Maldives||Malé||Maumoon Abdul Gayoom|
|8th||2-4 May 1995||India||New Delhi||P V Narasimha Rao|
|7th||10-11 April 1993||Bangladesh||Dhaka||Khaleda Zia|
|6th||21 December 1991||Sri Lanka||Colombo||Ranasinghe Premadasa|
|5th||21-23 November 1990||Maldives||Malé||Maumoon Abdul Gayoom|
|4th||29-31 December 1988||Pakistan||Islamabad||Benazir Bhutto|
|3rd||2-4 November 1987||Nepal||Kathmandu||Marich Man Singh Shrestha|
|2nd||16-17 November 1986||India||Bengaluru||Jayanth M Gowda|
|1st||7-8 December 1985||Bangladesh||Dhaka||Ataur Rahman Khan|