Kathmandu,1 Dec 2014: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has said that the postponement of his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi’s visit to different pilgrimage sites in Nepal was due to his busy schedule but not because of Nepal’s internal cause.
PM Koirala informed that he had telephoned his Indian counterpart Modi in this regard and he replied that he would rearrange the visit for next time as he was busy in the eve of the 18th SAARC to visit these sites.
Speaking in a special programme on SAARC Summit review at Singha Durbar today, PM Koirala, who is the new SAARC Chairman, said there was no internal cause from Nepal’s side for the postponement of Indian PM Modi’s visit while the government had arranged all the preparations for the visit.
PM Koirala further reviewed the 18th SAARC Summit as a fruitful one for co-work and mutual understanding among its member countries while expressing the commitment to develop the organization as a common forum for regional unity and cooperation in the days ahead.
Meanwhile, PM Koirala thanked all the Heads of State or Government of SAARC nations and observer countries, unions and different committees of the SAARC.
Similarly he thanked the concerned Ministries, diplomatic missions, security bodies, media, among others, at home for the successful completion of the SAARC Summit.
Also present at the programme were Deputy Prime Ministers duo Bam Dev Gautam and Prakash Man Singh, Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, chief of the security agencies and high level government officials.
After attending the meeting, Foreign Minister Pandey informed that the concerned Ministries were directed to implement SAARC Declaration and protect the infrastructures developed and constructed in course of the SAARC Summit.
The 18th SAARC Summit concluded here on November 27 by adopting the 36-point Kathmandu Declaration.