Kathmandu, Nov 23
South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC)’s 18th summit program is hosting by Nepal from November 22 to 27 in Kathmandu. After the approval from other seven SAARC members (Total 8 including Nepal), they fixed date and the place. This is third time Nepal is hosting this summit after 1997 and 2002.
On Saturday (Nov 22), the summit has formally begun with a meeting of SAARC programming committee. The delegation of host country is leading by Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, head of Government of Nepal. Three head of states and five head of governments of SAARC countries are scheduled to attend in the summit this Wednesday and Thursday (26 & 27 November).
President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani, President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapakshya, President of Maldives Abgulla Yameen, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina and Prime Minister of Bhutan Tsering Tobgay are arriving Kathmandu on Tuesday, leading their delegations. Likewise over 300 international personalities of SAARC countries and other nine observer countries will attend in the summit along with huge number of international journalists. The summit will be inaugurated on Nov 26 and the summit declaration will be announced on Nov 27. “Connectivity for Shared Responsibility” would be the central theme of this summit.
By considering SAARC conference, Nepal’s government is running Kathmandu beautification and greenery program. Especially, major streets were cleaned and maintained with solar light poles and planting trees. The VIP SAARC guests will be staying at "Hotel Soaltee Crown Plaza”.