Sushma Swaraj tells SAARC terrorism remains largest threat to peace in South Asia, urges alliance to 'eliminate' problem
Sushma Swaraj said that an environment of peace and security is essential for regional cooperation to progress and achieve economic development and prosperity.
Our neighbouring countries are closely watching the impact on the trade
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was absolutely right in berating Pakistan at the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) home ministers' meeting in Islamabad and staging some drama because that’s the only utility of this regional body
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj underlined the need for a South Asian Economic Union with greater connectivity at the Saarc meeting in Pokhara
The foreign ministers also deliberated on the South Asian Free Trade Area while emphasising on its full implementation to exploit the economic benefits of the region.
Noting that trade is the "most critical factor in accelerating economic growth" in South Asia, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said, "Commendable progress has been made in the implementation of SAFTA, yet much remains to be done."
Pakistan should fully implement the roadmap for normalising economic cooperation with India, including granting it the Most Favoured Nation-status, Indian High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal has said.