SAARC leaders here on July 31, August 1
COLOMBO: All Heads of State and Government of the eight SAARC nations
will arrive in Sri Lanka on July 31 and August 1 to take part in the
15th SAARC Summit scheduled for August 2 to 3.
Nepal Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala will be the first to
arrive in the island, followed by Bhutan Prime Minister Jigme Thinley.
Bangladesh Chief Advisor Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed and Maldives President Dr.
Maumoon Abdul Gayoom will be in the country on August 1, while Prime
Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani will
participate in the Summit representing India and Pakistan respectively.
Representing SAARC’s youngest member Afghanistan, President Hamid
Karzai will take part in the Summit, marking his country’s first
participation at the regional event.
This year’s Summit will be observed by seven States, namely, China,
the European Union (EU), Iran, Mauritius, Japan, Korea and the United
The representatives of the Observer States who will take part in the
main summit are Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Wu Dawei, EU
Director-Asia James Moran, Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Monoucher
Mottachi, Mauritius Minister of Agro Industries and Fisheries Dr. Arvin
Bolell, Korean Vice foreign Minister Kwon Jong Rak and Assistant
Secretary to the US Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Richard A.