H. E. Mr. Arjun B. Thapa, Secretary-General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) paid a courtesy call on H. E. Mr. Shanker Das Bairagi, Officiating Foreign Secretary at the latter’s office today.
During the meeting, the Foreign Secretary congratulated H. E. Mr. Thapa on his appointment as the twelfth Secretary-General of the Association, which, he added, was a testimony to the trust and confidence reposed in his leadership by the Member States. The Foreign Secretary wished the Secretary-General every success in his important responsibility.
H. E. the Secretary-General expressed the confidence that Nepal will continue to extend its fullest support to promote the ideals of SAARC for the common good of the peoples in the region.
The Secretary-General and the Foreign Secretary discussed a wide range of issues pertaining to the preparatory work in connection with the Eighteenth SAARC Summit to which Nepal will play host in November 2014 as was announced during the inter-Summit Session of the SAARC Council of Ministers held in the Maldives in February 2014.
Mr. Dhan Bahadur Oli, Director, was also present at the meeting.