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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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19th SAARC Summits in Islamabad, Pakistan

  • Date: 9-10 November 2016
  • Venue(s): Jinnah Convention Centre, Islamabad Kashmir Point, Murree
  • Possible participating Countries: Maldives Nepal Pakistan Sri Lanka
  • Countries boycotting the Summit: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India
  • Chair: Nawaz Sharif
  • The upcoming 19th SAARC Summit is scheduled to take place in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, in 2016. The last summit was held in Kathmandu in 2014. The SAARC Summit is organized after a gap of two years. The announcement of holding the 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad was made by the Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala at the concluding session of the 18th SAARC Summit in Kathmandu.

    About SAARC

    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

    NoDateCountryHostHost leader
    19th9-10 November 2016PakistanIslamabadNawaz Sharif
    18th26-27 November 2014NepalKathmanduSushil Koirala
    17th10-11 November 2011MaldivesAdduMohammed Nasheed
    16th28-29 April 2010BhutanThimphuJigme Thinley
    15th1-3 August 2008Sri LankaColomboMahinda Rajapaksa
    14th3-4 April 2007IndiaNew DelhiManmohan Singh
    13th12-13 November 2005BangladeshDhakaKhaleda Zia
    12th2-6 January 2004PakistanIslamabadZafarullah Khan Jamali
    11th4-6 January 2002NepalKathmanduSher Bahadur Deuba
    10th29-31 July 1998Sri LankaColomboChandrika Kumaratunga
    9th12-14 May 1997MaldivesMaléMaumoon Abdul Gayoom
    8th2-4 May 1995IndiaNew DelhiP V Narasimha Rao
    7th10-11 April 1993BangladeshDhakaKhaleda Zia
    6th21 December 1991Sri LankaColomboRanasinghe Premadasa
    5th21-23 November 1990MaldivesMaléMaumoon Abdul Gayoom
    4th29-31 December 1988PakistanIslamabadBenazir Bhutto
    3rd2-4 November 1987NepalKathmanduMarich Man Singh Shrestha
    2nd16-17 November 1986IndiaBengaluruJayanth M Gowda
    1st7-8 December 1985BangladeshDhakaAtaur Rahman Khan

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