Nepalese premier KP Sharma Oli marked the urgency of the early convening of the 19th SAARC Summit and stated that Nepal, as the current Chairman of SAARC, has been performing continuous efforts and consultations with other member states to create a conducive atmosphere for the next Summit.
The PM underscored the importance and relevance of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) to achieve mutual development goals such as SDGs as well as to deal with common challenges like COVID-19 Pandemic and poverty in the region.
Referring to the SAARC leaders’ video conference to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, KP Sharma Oli emphasized the need to revitalize and further strengthen the SAARC process to improve the welfare and quality of life of the people in the region.
Oli made the point while newly appointed SAARC Secretary-General Esala Ruwan Weerakoon called him in Kathmandu, according to a press release, issued by SAARC Secretariat in Nepal, received here.
Oli felicitated the Secretary-General on his appointment as the fourteenth Secretary-General of SAARC and assured full support of the Nepal government in fulfilling his mandate as the SAARC SG.
Weerakoon briefed the Nepal premier about the recent activities of the SAARC Secretariat including those on the fight against COVID-19 Pandemic.