DHAKA, June 15, 2020 (BSS) – Nepalese premier KP Sharma Oli
underlined the urgency of early convening of the 19th SAARC Summit and
stated that Nepal, as the current Chair of SAARC, has been making
continuous efforts and consultations with other member states to
create a conducive atmosphere for the next Summit.
The Prime Minister underscored the importance and relevance of SAARC
(South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) to achieve common
development aspirations such as SDGs as well as to deal with common
challenges like COVID-19 Pandemic and poverty in the region.
Referring to the SAARC leaders’ video conference to combat COVID-19
pandemic, the Nepalese head of government stressed the need to
revitalize and further strengthen the SAARC process to promote the
welfare and quality of life of the people in the region.
Oli made the remark while newly appointed SAARC Secretary General
Esala Ruwan Weerakoon paid an introductory courtesy call on him in
Kathmandu today, according to a press release, issued by SAARC
Secretariat in Nepal, received here.
The premier felicitated the Secretary General on his appointment as
the fourteenth Secretary General of SAARC and assured full support of
Nepal government in fulfilling his mandate as the SAARC SG.
Weerakoon briefed the Nepal premier about the recent activities of
the SAARC Secretariat including those on the fight against COVID-19