On the occasion of the 34th SAARC Charter Day, SAARC Secretary General Amjad Hussain B Sial organized a reception in Kathmandu on December 09, 2018.
Chief Guest and SAARC Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun graced the occasion including a large numbers of dignitaries and Nepal Government officials, resident ambassadors, regional & international organizations representatives and civil society & business community representatives.
Secretary General Sial appreciated SAARC member countries governments and citizens on the occasion of the 34th SAARC Charter Day.
“Over the last 33 years, SAARC has made steady progress towards socio-economic development in the region, which is fundamental to the promotion of the welfare of the peoples,” stated Sial while addressing the congregation.
“Endowed with vast human and natural resources, South Asia has immense potential. With sustained endeavors, we will surely be able to realize the region’s fullest potential. Essentially, therefore, SAARC is the beacon of hope and aspiration, and a matter of pride for all South Asians. SAARC is our common identity, our inspiration and our future,” he added.
History of SAARC Charter Day
The SAARC member heads adopted the SAARC Charter on December 08, 1985 at the First SAARC Summit in Dhaka.
As per the charter, member countries are bound by ties of shared history & culture and work towards mutual prosperity & development.
Unfortunately, the SAARC summit has been put on hold due to indifferences between member countries, Indian and Pakistan. Nepal is current chair of the SAARC summit and is eagerly waiting to transfer chairmanship to Pakistan since 2016.