Tuesday, August 28, 2018

BIMSTEC Summit: Ministerial meeting underway on the eve

Kathmandu, August 9

The 16th ministerial meeting of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is taking place in Kathmandu since Wednesday morning.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali will chair the meeting. Foreign/External Affairs Ministers of other BIMSTEC member states will make their statements in the meeting.

During the meeting, SAARC Secretary General will present various reports. The reports of the Special and 19th Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) will also be tabled in the meeting.

Similarly, the meeting will be briefed on the preparations for the fourth BIMSTEC Summit that will begin in Kathmandu tomorrow. The meeting will finalise the BIMSTEC Convention/MoU ready for signature as well as the draft of Kathmandu Declaration for the Summit.

The meeting will also adopt the Report of the 16th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated.

Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, Minister of State for External Affairs of India VK Singh, Union Minister of International Cooperation of Myanmar Kyaw Tin, Sri Lankan State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake and Foreign Minister of Thailand Don Pramudwinai and Bhutanese Foreign Secretary Sonam Tshong will lead the delegations from their respective countries in the meeting.

Bhutan has delegated the authority to Foreign Secretary Tshong to participate in the ministerial meeting in the context of announcement of general elections there.

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