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Terrorism to top agenda at SAARC Summit

The summit will also discuss regional orientation on economic cooperation and poverty alleviation.

india Updated: Nov 12, 2005 03:40 IST

Regional anti-terrorism strategies, poverty alleviation and economic cooperation will be on the agenda at this week's summit of South Asian nations in Dhaka, a senior official said on Sunday.

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, which begins on November 12, will be attended by the leaders of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

"This is going to be focused regional orientation on economic cooperation, poverty alleviation and cooperation on curbing terrorism," the official BSS news agency quoted foreign affairs adviser Reaz Rahman as saying.

Rahman said four regional agreements would also be signed on economic topics including investment protection and avoidance of double taxation.

All six visiting heads of state would arrive on Friday for the two-day summit, he added.

SAARC was founded in 1985 to forge economic solidarity and boost living standards among the region's 1.4 billion people.

The summit was meant to take place from January 9-11 but it was cancelled after last December's tsunami disaster that battered Asian nations.

Rescheduled for February 6-7, it was postponed again at the last minute after India pulled out citing security concerns in the region.

First Published: Nov 06, 2005 20:30 IST