India to give fleet, security help for SAARC summit

  • Jayanth Jacob, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 20, 2014 22:32 IST

Extending the hands of friendship further, India has agreed to provide the car fleet for the VIP movement during the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Nepal next month.

Nepal has made the request to India to provide logistical support for the summit, which includes bullet-proof cars and other vehicles for the movement of South Asian heads of state and governments and other VIPS like the ministers.

According to sources, External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj conveyed India’s readiness to give whatever logistical support the neighbour needs in the conduct of SAARC summit to her Nepal counterpart Mahendra Bahadur Pandey on Monday.

South Asian countries shouldidentify specific areas of common heritage, challenges and opportunities to foster region-wide cooperation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today while committing India's full support to the SAARC process.

He made the remarks here while receiving Nepalese Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey who handed over to him a formal invite from Prime Minister Sushil Koirala for attending the upcoming SAARC Summit in Kathmandu on November 26-27.

Modi, who had invited leaders of all SAARC countries for his swearing-in in May, reiterated that he attaches the highest level of priority to relations with SAARC countries and that he keenly looks forward to participating in his first Summit of the eight-member grouping.

He considered the SAARC as a vital instrument to add to the strength of each member nation and advance collective action for shared prosperity in the region, a PMO statement said. In addition to promoting regional connectivity and integration, Modi said the SAARC countries should identify specific areas of common heritage, challenges and opportunities to foster region-wide cooperation, it said.

Committing India's full support to the SAARC process, he also expressed strong belief that SAARC countries had much to learn from each other`s experiences and strengths.

“The external affairs minister assured the visiting foreign minister of positive Indian response to the request made by Nepal for logistical support”, official sources said. The support will also include matters related to security detail for the event, that brings together heads of states or governments, foreign ministers and senior officials from South Asian countries and representatives from observer countries. Sources said the ‘finer details of the vehicles and other such matters will be decided in due course”.

The two Foreign Ministers also discussed the follow up to the Joint Commission Meeting which was held in Kathmandu in July after a gap of 23 years and reviewed follow up measures that were required to be taken to implement the announcements made during the Prime Minister's visit to Kathmandu in August. Both sides welcomed the swift follow up being taken to

implement outcomes agreed to between the two countries, the sources said, adding Swaraj noted the progress made on various India-Nepal projects since the Joint Commission Meeting.

Swaraj also said that India was awaiting Nepal's concurrence of the draft agreement for USD 1 billion Line of Credit announced during Prime Minister's visit so that country.

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