PM calls for SAARC videoconference on COVID-19

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  • March 14, 2020
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PM calls for SAARC videoconference on COVID-19

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II- International Affairs

In News:

  • The aim of the conference to discuss a common strategy to tackle COVID-19.
  • SAARC has had no summit level meeting since 2014, and has been shelved since then due to India-Pakistan tensions
  • Set up in 1985, SAARC was the first such grouping for the South Asian region.
  • SAARC members include: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka
  •  While SAARC member-states occupy just 3% of the world’s landmass, they account for 21% of its population.
  • SAARC secretariat is based in Kathmandu 

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