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  • H. E. Mr. Ahmed Saleem, Secretary-General of SAARC, paid a farewell call on H. E. Mr. Shanker Das Bairagi, Foreign Secretary of Nepal.  

    At the start of the meeting, the Secretary-General thanked the Foreign Secretary for finding time to receive him. The Secretary-General also congratulated the Foreign Secretary on his new and important assignment.

    In his

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  • H. E. Mr. Ahmed Saleem, Secretary-General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) addressed the Inaugural Session of the Fifth SAARC Business Leaders’ Conclave in New Delhi today.

    Organized by the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and the Federation of the Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), the Conclave brought together Hon.

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  • H. E. Mr. Ahmed Saleem, Secretary General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) paid a visit to Bhutan from 13 to 14 January 2014.

    During the visit, the Secretary-General paid a courtesy call on His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, King ofBhutan. During the meeting, the Secretary-General apprised His Majesty the King of Bhutan about the

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  • H. E. Mr. Ahmed Saleem, Secretary General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) paid a visit to Pakistan from 7 to 8 January 2014.

    During the visit, the Secretary-General called on H. E. Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs; H.E. Syed Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign

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  • H. E. Mr. Ahmed Saleem, Secretary-General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) called on H. E. Ms. Sujatha Singh, Foreign Secretary of India at the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi today.

    During the meeting, the Secretary-General appraised the Foreign Secretary about the current status of regional cooperation under SAARC. He also briefed the Foreign

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  • H. E. Mr. Ahmed Saleem, Secretary-General of SAARC, received H. E. Mr. Masashi Ogawa, Ambassador of Japan to Nepal in his office today.

    During the meeting, the Ambassador presented to the Secretary-General the letter of credential accrediting the former as the Permanent Representative of Japan to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). The letter is

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  • H. E. Mr. Ahmed Saleem, Secretary-General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that opened at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre in Colombo today.

    It is the first time in the history of SAARC that the Secretary-General of SAARC is invited to attend the CHOGM.

    The Summit

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  • H. E. Mr. Ahmed Saleem, Secretary-General of SAARC, addressed the Second High-level Meeting for South-South Cooperation on Child Rights in New Delhi on 25 October 2013.

    Organized by the Ministry of Women & Child Development of the Government of India, the Meeting was inaugurated on 23 October 2013. 

    In his presentation at Session 5of the meeting devoted

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  • The Symposium on the Best Practices in Poverty Alleviation opened in Kathmandu today.

    Organized by the SAARC Secretariat in collaboration with the United Nations Development Proramme (UNDP) under the SAARC-UNDP Partnership Programme, the Symposium brings together the government representatives and community beneficiaries from all the Member States and the representatives of SAARC’s

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  • H. E. Mr. Ahmed Saleem, Secretary-General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) addressed the Inaugural Session of the Ministerial Segment of the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok today.

    Addressing the Inaugural Session, the Secretary-General highlighted the important initiatives taken by SAARC in promoting the social agenda in

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  • Secretary-General opens Regional Policy Dialogue on Adolescents
    H.E. Mr. Ahmed Saleem, Secretary - General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) opened ‘The Regional Policy Dialogue on Adolescents in South Asia’ in Kathmandu today.


    In his opening statement, the Secretary-General stated, “The first decade of this Century was designated as the

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  • The Sixth South Asia Economic Summit opened in Colombo, Sri Lanka, today. The Summit concludes on 4 September 2013.

    The Summit brings together eminent personalities from academia, government, civil society, private sector and media from the Member States of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). It also has participation from experts and resource

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  • H. E. Mr. Ahmed Saleem, Secretary-General of SAARC, addressed the Core Group of Immigration and Visa Experts at the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu today.

    Participated in by representatives of all the Member States, the two-day Meeting of the Core Group brings together immigration and visa experts from the region in a bid to expand the scope of the SAARC Visa Exemption Scheme. The

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  • H. E. Mr. Ahmed Saleem, Secretary-General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) called on Hon. Rabindra Kumar Shakya, Vice Chairman of the National Planning Commission of Nepal at the latter’s office today.

    During the meeting, the Secretary-General apprised the Vice-Chairman of the ongoing efforts of the SAARC Secretariat aimed at the alleviation of

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  • H. E. Mr. Ahmed Saleem, Secretary-General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) addressed the Special Meeting on Non-tariff Measures (NTMs) and Para-tariff Measures (PTMs) convened at the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu today.

    The Special Meeting brought together representatives of all the Member States of SAARC to discuss measures to dismantle all

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  • H. E. Mr. Ahmed Saleem, Secretary-General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) addressed the Special Meeting on Non-tariff Measures (NTMs) and Para-tariff Measures (PTMs) convened at the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu today.

    The Special Meeting brought together representatives of all the Member States of SAARC to discuss measures to dismantle all

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  • H. E. Mr. Ahmed Saleem, Secretary-General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) called on H. E. Mr. Arjun Bahadur Thapa, the newly appointed Foreign Secretary of Nepal at the latter’s office today.

    During the call-on, the Secretary-General felicitated H. E. Mr. Thapa on his elevation to the position of Foreign Secretary with effect from 22 July 2013.

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  • H.E. Mr. Ahmed Saleem, Secretary-General, SAARC called on H.E. Mr. Jayant Prasad, Ambassador of India to Nepal today and expressed that he and his colleagues at the SAARC Secretariat were deeply saddened over the loss of many lives and damage to the colossal property, caused by the recent floods in the Indian State of Uttrakhand.   He conveyed his deepest condolences to the members of the

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  • H.E. Mr. Ahmed Saleem, Secretary-General, SAARC called on H.E. Mr. Durga Prasad Bhattarai, Foreign Secretary of Nepal today and expressed that he and his colleagues at the SAARC Secretariat were deeply saddened over the loss of many lives and damage to the colossal property, caused by the recent floods in the western region of Nepal.

    He conveyed his deepest condolences to the

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  • H. E. Mr. Ahmed Saleem, Secretary-General of SAARC and H. E. Dr. Roland F. Steurer, Country Director, GIZ, Nepal, signed the MoU on behalf of their respective institutions.

    The signing ceremony took place over a function organized at the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu that was attended by representatives of SAARC and GIZ and its partners. Also present on the occasion were the

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