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SAARC summit concludes with leaders pledging action on food security
Leaders of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) at the concluding ceremony of its 15th Summit in Colombo yesterday issued a special ‘Colombo Statement on Food Security’, pledging action to ensure region-wide food security and make South Asia, once again, the granary of the world.  [Full Story]

15th SAAARC Summit
Far reaching decisions on key issues affecting region
– President tells media
The 15th SAARC Summit that concluded earlier today took far reaching decisions on key issue affecting the region such as terrorism, food and fuel security, and trade. On terrorism the Summit finalized and signed the Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters; on food security it issued a Special Statement, released along with the Summit Declaration, where the Leaders of the SAARC countries affirm their resolve to make South Asia once again a major granary of the world, through a series of inter-connected and specific regional collaborative projects, said Mahinda Rajapaksa at a media briefing after the conclusion of the Summit at the BMICH today.  [Full Story]

The Colombo Declaration
Renewed resolve for collective regional efforts
The Heads of State or Government of SAARC reaffirmed their commitment to the principles and objectives enshrined in the SAARC Charter. They renewed their resolve for collective regional efforts to accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural development which would promote the welfare of the peoples of South Asia and improve their quality of life, thereby contributing to peace, stability, amity and progress in the region. [Full Story]

SAARC Summit took far-reaching decisions of key issues - President

Focus terrorism, food and fuel security, and trade

The 15th SAARC Summit that concluded has taken far-reaching decisions on key issues affecting the region such as terrorism, food and fuel security and trade, with discussions that had a strong focus, on economic and commercial cooperation and members can draw satisfaction from a most productive and fruitful outcome, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his statement at the conclusion of the 15th SAARC Summit at the BMICH today. [Full Story]
SAARC leaders condemn terrorism
Terrorism featured prominently in the addresses of the SAARC leaders at the inauguration of the 15th SAARC Summit. They were united in condemnation of terrorism and warning of the threat it posed to development of the region. [Full Story]

Redouble collective efforts to combat terrorism – President to SAARC
Addressing the SAARC Heads of State and Government today President Mahinda Rajapaksa called on then to redouble efforts for collective action to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, remembering that It the element of interdependence which is crucial for a durable peace and the protection of democratic values in the region. [Full Story]

India hands over SAARC chair to Sri Lanka
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh officially handed over the SAARC chairmanship to President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo this morning. [Full Story]
Pakistan firmly supports Sri Lanka’s territorial integrity – Prime Minister Gilani
The Prime Minister of Pakistan Makhdoom Raza Gilani expressed his country’s firm support for Sri Lanka’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, in discussions with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at bi-lateral talks that are part of the 15th SAARC Summit in Colombo, today (Aug 01). [Full Story]

Prosperity of India and Sri Lanka closely linked
- Manmohan Singh
One cannot envisage a prosperous India without strong links with her neighbors, and the present SAARC Summit in Colombo provided an opportunity for such a partnership, said the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, in discussions with President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today. [Full Story]

New air links between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh
- President and Bangladeshi leader
The establishment of new air links between Sri Lanka and Dhaka was among the key items discussed between the Head of State and Chief Advisor of Bangladesh Dr, Fakhruddin Ahmed and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at bi-lateral talks held at the Presidential Secretariat today. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka and Bhutan – the common challenge of climate change
Bhutan and Sri Lanka share common ideals and traditions, as well as challenges, said the Prime Minister of Bhutan Lyonpo Jigmi Y Thinley. Among the challenges faced by the two countries were the pressing issues of climate change. [Full Story]

Lumbini Development discussed by Nepali and Sri Lankan leaders
Plans to develop Lumbini as a major visitor and pilgrim destination n in South Asia featured prominently the bi-lateral discussions between Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Prime Minister of Nepal, Girija Prasad Koirala at the Presidential Secretariat today. [Full Story]

Bangladesh Chief Adviser arrives
Chief Adviser of Bangladesh Fakhruddin Ahmed arrived in Bandaranaike International Airport Katunayake to attend the 15th SAARC Summit from 2-3 August in Colombo. [Full Story]

SAARC round up
Terrorism to be a criminal offence in the region
The SAARC Council of Ministers yesterday reached agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, whereby terrorism would be considered a criminal offence in the SAARC region. [Full Story]

Indian PM calls for SAARC unity to combat challenges
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stressed upon the importance of cooperation among SAARC countries to address various challenges facing the region, including terrorism, and has expressed confidence that the 15th summit in Colombo on August 2-3 will provide impetus to many decisions already taken by the eight member States. [Full Story]
SAARC takes South Asia to position of strength and importance - President
The partnership of SAARC has grown in strength and importance over the years. It is one that, we trust, will take the South Asian Region to a position of strength and importance, with a singular voice and new approaches, to dealing with the many issues that confront both South Asia and the world at large, says President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his message for the 15th SAARC Summit being held in Colombo. [Full Story]

Council of Ministers meeting begins today
The two-day Council of Ministers meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is commencing this morning at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH). [Full Story]

SAARC round up
Standing Committee agrees on series of recommendations
The 15th SAARC Summit has placed food security high on its agenda with the promise of more state intervention including a SAARC Food Bank to help any Member State in case of exigencies. [Full Story]
SAARC journalist forum begins today
The fourth SAARC Journalist Summit of South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) will be inaugurated at the Hotel Trans Asia, Colombo today. [Full Story]

SAARC moving from declaration phase to implementation
The ongoing 15th SAARC Summit would be the turning point in its history, with the declaration phase progressing to implementation, spokesman for the 15th SAARC summit Prasad Kariyawasam said. [Full Story]
SAARC Standing Committee begins deliberations
The Standing Committee of the 15th SAARC summit constituting Foreign Secretaries of the eight Member States will commence deliberations today on the key issues to be taken up at the main Summit to be held from August 2 to 3. [Full Story]
SAARC preliminary meeting begins:Terrorism, food security, energy top agenda
The meeting of officials of 15th SAARC began yesterday in Colombo with the main focus on a joint approach to combating terrorism, maximising energy and water resources, food security and poverty alleviation. [Full Story]
Indian FM calls for SAARC Convention on Criminal matters
The Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee yesterday said that India would push for a convention on mutual legal assistance among the SAARC nations over criminal matters. [Full Story]




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