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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2590

SAARC Official meeting commenced

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Colombo, 28 July, (Asiantribune.com): Senior Officials of the Foreign Ministries of the SAARC countries attended their official meetings under the Chairmanship of Sri Lanka in Colombo with the tightest security on Sunday. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama ceremonially inaugurated the SAARC Friendship Village in Nawalapitiya.Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama ceremonially inaugurated the SAARC Friendship Village in Nawalapitiya.

A heavy security blanket was setup by the Sri Lankan security forces and a number of roads were closed due to the meetings. The SAARC officials formed a Steering Committee and Director General of SAARC and South Asian Affairs Mrs. Grace Ashirwatham was appointed to the post of Chairmanship.

During the meetings the SAARC officials were involved in making the necessary preparations for the main SAARC summit.

SAARC Foreign Secretaries meeting will be held on the 29th and 30th of this month. Foreign Ministers will meet on the 31st of this month and the 1st of next month. SAARC Country Leaders Summit will take place on the 2nd and 3rd of next month. Four main agreements will be signed during the SAARC State Leaders’ Summit.

Meanwhile the SAARC commuter transport summit has commenced at the Mount Lavinia Hotel and a number of SAARC officials attended in conference.

Sri Lanka’s Transport Minister Dalas Alahapperuma attended the occasion and said that the exchange of views between SAARC countries would benefit the transport sector. He stated ideas expressed in such meetings will mutually benefit the Asian region which is experiencing rapid change. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama ceremonially inaugurated the SAARC Friendship Village in Nawalapitiya yesterday at the invitation of the Minister of Power and Energy, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, to mark the holding of the 15th SAARC Summit by Sri Lanka. The picture shows Foreign Minister Bogollagama unveiling the plaque  to mark the event , flanked by  the Bangladesh High Commissioner Shahdat Hossain and the Ambassador of Nepal Durga  Prasad BhattaraiForeign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama ceremonially inaugurated the SAARC Friendship Village in Nawalapitiya yesterday at the invitation of the Minister of Power and Energy, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, to mark the holding of the 15th SAARC Summit by Sri Lanka. The picture shows Foreign Minister Bogollagama unveiling the plaque to mark the event , flanked by the Bangladesh High Commissioner Shahdat Hossain and the Ambassador of Nepal Durga Prasad Bhattarai

Eight hundred houses, which were constructed by the government under the SAARC Friend Ship Village concept, were donated to people of the Nawalapitiya area on Sunday. The government said another 800 houses would be constructed in Nawalapitiya under this scheme.

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama handed over these houses to the selected occupants.

- Asian Tribune -

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