PR No. 248 Islamabad

President Mamnoon Hussain has emphasized the need to make the platform of SAARC more proactive for progress and stability of the region and in this regard SAARC Secretariat should utilize all its resources.


The President was talking to newly elected Secretary General of South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Amjad Hussain B. Sial, who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Tuesday. Senior officials of Aiwan-e-Sadr and Ministry of Foreign Affairs were also present on the occasion.


The President said that all member states should make concerted efforts to transform SAARC into an effective platform adding that forum of SAARC can provide a solid foundation in this regard. He stated that SAARC Charter is a very useful document for progress and development in various sectors of member states. He said that Pakistan is working sincerely to achieve these objectives as it is imperative to promote these goals for prosperity and raising the standard of living of the people of member countries.


President Mamnoon Hussain stressed the need to make regional road, sea and air links more effective. Pakistan fully supports these objectives and believes that communication links between these regional countries will provide a basis for promoting economic activities in the region. He said that there is a need to work closely to settle differences among SAARC member states. To this end, the role of SAARC Secretariat is very important but the member countries should also enhance bilateral relations to promote mutual harmony.


On the occasion, Amjad Hussain B. Sial, Secretary General SAARC apprised that contacts at ministerial level in the fields of education, health and transport have already been initiated between member countries.