Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says secure and peaceful environment in South Asia is crucial for development of the region’s economy and for its prosperity.
Speaking during his visit to SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu today (Tuesday) the Prime Minister said Pakistan attaches great importance to SAARC and remains committed to the principles and objectives of its charter.
He said, as a founding member, Pakistan has played important role in efforts aimed at realizing objectives of the organization.
He said Pakistan always strived to make SAARC an important vehicle for regional cooperation based on principle of sovereign equality.
The Prime Minister said SAARC has immense potential for strengthening economies of member countries and to promote collaboration in various areas of mutual significance. He said SAARC should continue to strive for achieving economic, cultural and social growth of the region.
Prime Minister Abbasi said connectivity is very important issue today and SAARC can play a great role in connectivity for the region.
He said as host of next SAARC summit, Pakistan looks forward to convening the moot at an early date. He assured that Pakistan will play a positive role in further strengthening regional cooperation.
Secretary General SAARC Amjad Hussain Sial said Pakistan is playing important role in SAARC and previously hosted two summits.
Later, the Prime Minister planted a sapling of Pine at the premises SAARC Secretariat.