The two days Sixteenth SAARC Summit in Thimphu begins today (Wednesday). Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has arrived in Bhutan from Nepal to attend the summit.
On arrival at the Paro Airport he was received warmly by the Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigme Thinley
The Prime Minister was presented with a guard of honour by the Bhutani troops and he was introduced to ministers and senior officials.
After this the PM proceeded towards the venue of the SAARC summit.
Heads of State and Government of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are also attending the Summit. Representatives from the Observer States will also be participating in the Summit. Currently, China, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Mauritius, Myanmar, Australia, United States, and European Union are Observers.
The Summit will adopt a Declaration titled “Towards a Green and Happy South Asia”, which will focus on problems relating to environment and climate change. A Ministerial Statement on Climate Change is also expected to be issued. During the Summit, the Secretariat of SAARC Development Fund would be inaugurated.
During the Summit, the Prime Minister will highlight important issues like matters relating to poverty alleviation, energy cooperation, water conservation, interaction in agriculture and rural development, cooperation on promotion of welfare of women and children and development of better health facilities for the peoples of South Asia.
The Prime Minister would also meet various head of the states and representatives of the observer countries. A meeting between Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh is also expected.