KATHMANDU, Dec 8: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday issued their statements on the occasion of 35th SAARC Charter Day that falls on December 8.

KATHMANDU, Dec 7: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, has lauded Japan for supporting Nepal in its reconstruction process by providing financial and technical assistance.

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KATHMANDU, Nov 19: Newly-elected President of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa has pledged to foster peaceful co-existence and economic progress within the SAARC region.

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NEW YORK, Sept 28: Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Gyawali has called for strong regional economic cooperation through the SAARC, BIMSTEC and Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) among other regional platforms during his address to the 74th United Nations General Assembly being held in New York.

NEW YORK, Sept 27:  Foreign Ministers from India and Pakistan boycotted each other’s address to a meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) on Thursday on the sidelines of the 74th UN General Assembly in New York.

NEW YORK, Sept 26: Nepal is set to convene a SAARC ministerial meeting in New York on Thursday. The meeting is widely expected to pave the way for an icebreaker dialogue between India and Pakistan, whose relations are in the lowest ebb in the aftermath of recent border skirmishes and Indian clampdown on Kashmir.

KATHMANDU, Sept 14: SAARC Cultural Center organized SAARC Handicraft and Exhibition and Workshop at Patan Durbar Square, from September 9 to 12.

KATHMANDU, Aug 24: Pakistan has asked Nepal to play its role as the chair of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) for peace and stability in the region amid its renewed tension with India after New Delhi altered the status of Jammu and Kashmir.

KATHMANDU, Aug 3: As Nepal in its capacity as the current chair of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) wishes to see its summit meeting being held at the earliest, a senior leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India has ruled out the possibility of holding the summit of the regional body.

KATHMANDU, June 24: Foreign Minister Pradip Kumar Gyawali has said that a policy has been adopted to include economic diplomacy in the center point of the overall diplomacy of the country.

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KATHMANDU, June 23: Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination of Pakistan Fehmida Mirza has said that the regional politics should not affect the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

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KATHMANDU, June 17: Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering has said that it is too early to call the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) unviable.

KATHMANDU, June 9: A SAARC-level conference on the role of the local level in disaster management, reconstruction, energy and climate change is set to kick off from Monday.

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NEW DELHI, June 1: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a major diplomatic move, invited BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) nations, Mauritius and Kyrgyzstan for his swearing-in ceremony to emphasize the importance of neighborhood in his government's foreign policy framework.

KATHMANDU, May 3: The 77th meeting of the executive committee and 23rd general assembly of SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAARC CCI) has kicked off in Kathmandu. Krishna Bahadur Mahara, speaker of the Federal Parliament, inaugurated the meeting amid a ceremony held at Chandragiri Hills.

Terror in South Asia

April 21, 2019 01:25 am

Terrorism is the result of incompatible interest of various groups, individuals and even the states. At this juncture of time, India, Pakistan and somehow China are involved in tension over Kashmir. As SAARC chair, and a contributor of Gorkha troops to Indian Army which become the victims of geopolitical constraints, Nepal needs to remain vigilant about the situation likely to flare up in its neighborhood.

Securing SAARC’s future

March 12, 2019 01:00 am

The role, scope and importance of SAARC should not be compromised just because of conflict between India and Pakistan

Testing times for Asia

March 3, 2019 02:00 am

Nepal should be cautious about possible fallout of Western strategy to counter China by using South Asia, including Nepal and India

KATHMANDU, March 1: A 14-member team from the SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council (SCWEC) has left for Colombo, Sri Lanka, to participate in the SAARC Women Entrepreneur 2018 Awards ceremony to be held on March 2.

KATHMANDU, Feb 25: Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephonic conversation with his Nepali counterpart Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, recently.

Reimagining SAARC

February 24, 2019 01:00 am

If India is pursuing sub-regional partnerships with its neighbors to avoid or replace SAARC, Nepal should think twice before investing political capital in such initiatives

KATHMANDU, Feb 18: Although Nepal as its chair has been constantly calling for convening the SAARC Summit at the earliest, a renewed diplomatic tension between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the Pulwama terrorist attack has made the SAARC Summit further uncertain.

KATHMANDU, Feb 16: More than half million people died of tuberculosis in the SAARC countries in 2017. As many as 380 million people suffered from the disease while only 250 people received treatment.

SAARC is sinking

January 31, 2019 01:30 am

Prospects of SAARC have shrunk further with India thinking of its alternative and alleging Pakistan for state-sponsored terrorism

KATHMANDU, Jan 12: The Federation of Nepal Handicraft Association (FHAN) is preparing to build SAARC Design Center and Nepal Handicraft Village.

KATHMANDU, Jan 12: Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali has discussed with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj about convening the long-stalled SAARC Summit during his two-day visit to India.

KATHMANDU, Jan 11: Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali has stressed the need for convening the long-delayed summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

Saving SAARC

December 31, 2018 01:30 am

SAARC leaders should have the integrity and diplomatic decency to apply the principle of not allowing bilateral differences to cripple the regional body’s basic objectives

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KATHMANDU, Dec 8: At a time when the process of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is in limbo due to ongoing India-Pakistan tensions, the 34th SAARC Charter Day has been observed by organizing various functions in Kathmandu, New Delhi and Islamabad.

KATHMANDU, Dec 3: Prime Minister KP Oli said on Sunday that Nepal wishes to see the 19th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation held at the earliest possible.

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KATHMANDU, Dec 1: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said on Sunday Nepal wanted to make the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation effective and get its stalled summit convened at the earliest.

KATHMANDU, Nov 29: India has snubbed the invitation of Pakistan to attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, putting the fate of the South Asian regional body itself in jeopardy.

Free the SAARC

October 9, 2018 00:30 am

India is actively distancing from SAARC thinking that it is no longer an effective body to maintain influence in the neighborhood. This policy will backfire

NEW YORK, Sept 28: New York: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj emphasised to SAARC countries that an environment of peace and security in South Asia is essential for cooperation and economic development, but Pakistan accused India of obstructing the region's progress and prosperity.

KATHMANDU, Sept 25: The 21st AIRDC Conference 2018 kicked off here from today.

KATHMANDU, Sept 2: President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, has pledged maximum support to accelerate the SAARC process.

KATHMANDU, Sept 2: President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena visited SAARC Secretariat, Lainchaur and planted at the Secretariat premises.

KATHMANDU, Aug 29: The 1st SAARC Agriculture Cooperative Business Forum kicked off in Kathmandu on Tuesday with the objective of organizing and strengthening family farmers' cooperatives in South Asian Association for Regional Corporation (SAARC) countries.

Tap the opportunity

August 29, 2018 00:30 am

There is a fear that BIMSTEC will go downhill like SAARC. In the last 20 years it has failed to deliver on its objectives

KATHMANDU, July 14: A Nepali delegation has left for Dhaka, Bangladesh in order to take part in the 75th executive committee meeting of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

KATHMANDU, June 18: Nepal is all set to host the 14th Biennial SAARC Academy of Opthalmology Conference 2018 from June 21-24 in Kathmandu.

KATHMANDU, May 5: The 12th Informal Meeting of SAARC Finance Ministers has been held in Manila, Philippines, on May 4. The meeting was attended by the finance ministers and the heads of delegations of the eight SAARC member states. Finance Minister of Nepal, Yuba Raj Khatiwada, chaired the meeting. The leaders met in Philippines while they were representing their respective nations at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).