Press Release on the 36th Charter Day of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)

Press Release

The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has extended warm greetings and best wishes to all the peoples and Member States of the SAARC on the occasion of the 36th Charter Day of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

In his message, the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister has expressed that the SAARC Charter characterizes South Asia’s shared vision, collective resolve and mutual pursuit to promote peace, stability and prosperity in the region through eradication of poverty, accelerated economic growth and advancement in socio-cultural development. He has said that SAARC has achieved several important milestones as a common forum for promoting mutual understanding and cooperation in the region in its journey of thirty-six years.

The Prime Minister has stated that as we commemorate the Charter Day, the Covid-19 pandemic has presented an unprecedented challenge affecting not only health and economy but also social life and livelihoods in the region and beyond. He said that the situation underlines the importance of more concerted efforts, collaboration and cooperation among the Member States of SAARC in order to collectively emerge from the pandemic.

The Prime Minister has also said that time has come to move forward with concrete action in the ground with needed political will and commitment. Giving fresh impetus to the stalled SAARC process including through the early convening of the Summit can rekindle hope among our people and provide ground to move forward, he added.

The Prime Minister wished that the special day will inspire all of us to foster mutual trust, understanding and cooperation as well as to deepen regional integration for peace and prosperity.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Singha Durbar
08 December 2020