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Hasina invited to attend SAARC Summit in Nepal
Observer Online Desk
Publish Date : 2014-10-13,  Publish Time : 21:39,  View Count : 8
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has formally been invited to attend the 18th Summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to be held in the Nepal's capital of Kathmandu next month.

On behalf of Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Nepalese Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey extended the formal invitation to the Bangladesh Prime Minister when he met her at her official residence Ganobhaban on Monday evening.

The 18th SAARC Summit will be held in Kathmandu on November 26-27. Nepal is going to host the SAARC Summit for the third time after 1997 and 2002.

PM's Press Secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhury briefed reporters after the meeting.

He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina accepted the invitation letter, saying, "Yes, we're prepared to go to the summit."

Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh always lays emphasis on increased cooperation with neighbouring countries as the problems of all are identical. "We can solve those problems through forging a unity among us," she said.

Sheikh Hasina and the Nepalese Foreign Minister also discussed issues like physical and motor connectivity between Bangladesh and Nepal.

The Bangladesh Prime Minister said there must be an agreement among the SAARC countries for a balanced growth and development of the region.

She also underscored the need for signing a tripartite deal involving Bangladesh, India and Nepal for physical connectivity with Kathmandu. "A discussion is underway to this end."

The Prime Minister recalled her meeting with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the 69th UNGA and said she had placed a proposal for inking a tripartite agreement for physical connectivity with Nepal.

Sheikh Hasina also emphasized joint efforts between Bangladesh and Nepal for the promotion of tourism stretching from the Himalayas to Cox's Bazar.

The Nepalese Foreign Minister also agreed with the Bangladesh Prime Minister for sharing resources of the region for balanced growth and development.

PM's Foreign Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi and Principal Secretary Abdus Sobhan Sikdar were present.


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