Kathmandu, Nov 26: In his inaugural speech at the 18th annual SAARC Summit, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said all South Asian countries must collectively fight poverty and malnutrition instead of fighting with each other.
Addressing the annual South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit here on Wednesday, Pakistani Prime Minister said:
“My vision is of a dispute free South Asia, in which we should stop fighting among ourselves and jointly fight illiteracy, poverty and malnourishment.”
Sharif said: “The gap between promise of SAARC and reality of its accomplishments need to be bridged. We should build on the convergences and seek complementarities for greater good of the people of South Asia.”
Praising the theme of this year’s Summit, ‘Deeper Regional Integration for Peace and Prosperity’, Sharif said that it reflected a common desire to get a win-win situation.
He further addded: “The theme selected for 18th SAARC summit is very important. The theme is most appropriate and reflects our common desire in reaching out to get a win-win situation.”
The Pakistani Prime Minister also emphasized on the role of observers in SAARC and called for opening trans-regional pipelines connecting South Asia and Central Asia.
Sharif also congratulated the Government of Nepal for successfully holding the summit.
(With Agency Inputs)