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    Revitalizing SAARC: Modi to work together with regional leaders

    June 10, 2014

    Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday in New Delhi said that India would work together with South Asian leaders to revitalize SAARC as "an effective instrument for regional cooperation and as a united voice on global issues."

    Addressing a joint session of Parliament, the first since the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed office on May 26, Mukherjee said the government sent a unique and bold signal to the South Asian region and the world by inviting for the first time in independent India, leaders of all South Asian neighbours to the swearing-in ceremony of the new Council of Ministers on May 26.


    "We are grateful to them for accepting the invitation at such a short notice. Their participation, as also the gracious presence of the Prime Minister of Mauritius; not only added sheen to the ceremony, but also represented a celebration of democracy in the region and convergence of our shared hopes and aspirations."


    The President said: "This shows my government’s commitment and determination to work towards building a peaceful, stable and economically inter-linked neighbourhood which is essential for the collective development and prosperity of the South Asian Region."


    Established in 1985 as a regional grouping to promote cooperation amongst member states, SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) comprises eight countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. (Special Reporter/SI)

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