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President leads SAARC team

Apr 25, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
President Mahinda Rajapaksa the current Chairman of SAARC will lead Sri Lanka delegation to the eight-nation 16th SAARC Summit in Thimpu, Bhutan Wednesday. It would discuss rural prosperity as a key issue. Special concern will be focussed on bridging the gap between urban and rural communities in the distribution of economic gains. In addition, pooling of resources to draw upon by countries when in need and environmental issues too would be discussed at length. In his maiden interaction with the media as the country’s External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris said that Sri Lanka also expects to use the Summit as a platform to share the experience of its recent political and military gains with other regional leaders. It is time for SAARC to evolve itself as a truly people-centric organization, Prof. Peiris said yesterday on the eve of his departure to Bhutan to participate at the 16th Summit of the South Asian Nations. “After 25 years it is a good opportunity for SAARC to take stock of the present situation. What we have to change, the challenges ahead and how best can SAARC organize itself to define its priorities to serve the region,” he added.   www.dailynews.lk/2010/04/26/news01.asp