Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom said when a member state is subjected to unfair treatment, its neighbours need to stand up and demand justice.
"It is time that member states of SAARC forge common positions on critical issues of importance to our region and the rest of the world. Individually, we might only have limited impact or little strength, but collectively we can move mountains," he said at the 25th Session of the SAARC Council of Ministers held in Male.
External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris who led the Sri Lanka delegation had a discussion on the sidelines of the 25th Session of the SAARC Council of Ministers with President Gayoom. The President also said: "It is time that we, as a region, stand up to demand our worth in the international arena. It is time that we stand up for each other, protect each other, and fight the cause for each other. It is time that we show the world the solidarity of SAARC."
Minister Peiris also had bilateral discussions on current issues with Maldivian Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon, Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, Federal Minister and Advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Bangladesh Foreign Affairs State Minister Fhahriar Alam, Bhutan's Foreign Affairs Minister Lyonpo Rinzin Dorji and Npeal's Officiating Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi.
Courtesy : Daily News