Rediff India Abroad
 Rediff India Abroad Home  |  All the sections


The Web

India Abroad

Sign up today!

Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Contact the editors
Discuss this article
Home > News > PTI

SAARC: Highlights of PM's speech

November 12, 2005 15:17 IST

Following are the highlights of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's speech at the 13th SAARC Summit in Dhaka on Saturday

  • No member country should allow its territory to be used against the interests of another member country. There should be zero tolerance for cross-border terrorism and for the harbouring of hostile insurgent groups and criminal elements
  • All South Asian nations should provide to each other reciprocally transit facilities to third countries
  • India is prepared to offer to all SAARC nations the facility of daily air services by designated airlines to six metro cities and unlimited number to 18 other destinations.
  • Also on offer is Fifth Freedom Rights to the designated carriers of the member nations
  • India offers to hold a South Asian Car Rally as a run-up to the next SAARC Summit
  • A suggestion to create a centre of excellence in the form of a South Asian University
  • A recommendation to establish a Regional Food Bank to which all member states would contribute to meet shortages or losses caused by natural calamities in any of these nations
  • To merge different existing and proposed funds to alleviate poverty into an Umbrella South Asian Development Fund
  • Recommends setting up of a SAARC High Economic Council
  • Creation of a SAARC Museum of Textiles and Handicrafts and exploring the possibility of setting retail outlets in each SAARC nation capitals.

© Copyright 2005 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.
Share your comments


Copyright 2005 India Limited. All Rights Reserved.