Pakistan will host the 19th summit of South Asian Association of Regional Co-operation (SAARC) in Islamabad in 2016, the concluding session of 18th SAARC summit announced on Thursday.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his brief address to the SAARC leaders from eight countries at the concluding session said, “We look forward to welcome you to the 19th SAARC summit in 2016 in Islamabad.”
He thanked Nepal’s prime minister Sushil Koirala for hosting the 18th summit and a warm welcome and hospitality during his stay in Kathmandu. He said the 18th SAARC summit reaffirmed resolve for peace and prosperity of the region. Sharif stressed realistic and pragmatic step-by-step approach by the SAARC countries for the resolution of their issues.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif led the Pakistan delegation to the 18th summit that decided to hold the next one in Pakistan. This will be the 3rd summit to be hosted by Pakistan.
The earlier summits were held in 1988 and 2004. Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told the media that no dates had been agreed upon and would be decided by the Council of Ministers.
According to SAARC Charter, the summits are held every two years, but could be held earlier and it depends upon the country how soon it can make arrangements.