Islamabad: Foreign Minister of Pakistan Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar strongly supported the need for building bridges and enhancing trust amongst the South Asian countries here in New York on Thursday at an informal gathering of the SAARC Foreign Ministers on the margins of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly, says a press release received here today from New York.
The meeting was convened by the incoming Chair Maldives to initiate discussions on the outcome of the 17th SAARC Summit. The Foreign Ministers of India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and senior officials from other SAARC counties attended the meeting.
Ms. Khar underlined the need for rapid progress towards consolidation of agreements and decisions taken during the past SAARC Summits. She particularly highlighted the need for addressing climate change in the context of the Thimpu Statement on Climate Change adopted in April 2010 by the 16th SAARC Summit. She strongly reaffirmed Pakistan commitment to the ideals and Charter of the SAARC and noted the need for collective benefits that the SAARC region must accrue through their cooperation.
The meeting also provided an opportunity to the Foreign Minister Khar and Foreign Minister Krishna to have a brief exchange of courtesies. Mr. Krishna enquired about the situation of floods in Pakistan and expressed sympathy on the situation.
The meeting endorsed “building bridges” as the main theme of the 17th SAARC Summit.
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