Kathmandu, 26 November 2014: The full text of the Statement of the Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at the Inaugural Session of the 18th SAARC Summit is as follows:
Your Excellency, Prime Minister of Nepal and Chairperson of SAARC,
Excellencies, the Heads of States and Governments of SAARC Member States and Heads of the Observer delegations,
Distinguished Secretary General,
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a matter of immense pleasure for me to be among my eminent colleagues from South Asia and other friendly states, at the 18th Summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, in this beautiful city of Kathmandu.
Nepal, needless to emphasize, is home to an old civilization, and has the world’s highest mountain, the mighty Everest, which has held an abiding fascination for lovers of nature.
I congratulate the Government of Nepal for successfully holding the SAARC Summit. On behalf of my delegation and on my own behalf, I wish to express our profound gratitude to His Excellency, the Right Honorable Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, his Government and the people of Nepal, for making excellent arrangements for the Summit and for their warm welcome and hospitality.
I congratulate you, Mr. Prime Minister, on the assumption of the Chair of the SAARC Summit. Pakistan stands with you in your endeavours to promote the cause of regional cooperation in South Asia
May I also take this opportunity to acknowledge the President of Maldives, His Excellency Mr. Abdulla Yameen, for the outstanding leadership his country has provided to the SAARC process, since the last Summit held in Maldives in 2011. I also wish to thank the Secretary General, His Excellency Mr. Arjun Bahadur Thapa and his team, for their efforts towards preparation of this Summit and in promoting the SAARC Agenda.