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QUESTION NO.2900 PLAN FOR REVIVAL OF SAARC

July 18, 2019

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.2900
TO BE ANSWERED ON 18.07.2019

PLAN FOR REVIVAL OF SAARC

2900. SHRI SUSHIL KUMAR GUPTA:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether it a fact that South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has not achieved its goals;

(b) if so, the factors responsible for this; and

(c) whether India has any plan to revive SAARC?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
(SHRI V. MURALEEDHARAN)

(a) to (c) India is one of the founder Members of SAARC. India continues to strengthen its relations with SAARC Member countries as per our foreign policy priority i.e. ‘Neighbourhood First’.

India enjoys excellent bilateral relations with SAARC countries, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

However, regional cooperation is adversely affected due to continued support to cross-border terrorism and interference in the internal affairs of member states by one country.

India has continued its commitment to regional cooperation under SAARC with initiatives such as launch of South Asia Satellite, extension of India’s National Knowledge Network (NKN), continued support to South Asian University (SAU) and SAARC Disaster Management Centre (Interim Unit).

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