NEW DELHI: The Foreign Minister Inam ul Haque has said that Pakistan desires to transform South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) into a vibrant regional entity. Speaking at the 29th Session of SAARC Council of Ministers meeting, the Foreign Minister said Pakistan has made substantial contribution towards various SAARC process and taken a number of initiatives in furthering the goals of regional cooperation. He said implementation of the five point roadmap proposed by Pakistan during the 14th SAARC summit was a way forward for SAARC’s success.
He also welcomed the SAARC decision for early operationalization of SAARC Development Fund and implementation of identified projects from the available funds. He reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to implementing tangible projects in pursuance of SAARC Social Charter including those relating to women development, child welfare and health. Inam-ul-Haq also held bilateral meetings with his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee and Foreign Ministers of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives.-SANA