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Lanka wants to organize Saarc youth forum

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Staff Reporter

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa wants Saarc to organize a youth forum to bring together young people in the region, aiming to address issues that impact youths in this part of the world.

Rajapaksa also proposed holding a program to develop a circuit that would promote connectivity with regard to religious and cultural places of interest in the Saarc region.

He came up with the proposal when Secretary General of Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Arjun B Thapa met him at the President’s House in Kandy on Monday, according to a Saarc Secretariat release.

The discussion between the President and the Secretary General also focused on the renewed interest among members in further strengthening Saarc within the region while also establishing itself as a contributor to the economic prosperity not only in South Asia but also in the international arena.

The Saarc Secretary General briefed President Mahinda Rajapaksa about the present status of the organization with a special reference to the preparations being made for the November Summit in Nepal.

Rajapaksa informed the Secretary General that Sri Lanka was looking forward to participating in the 18th Saarc Summit to be held in Kathmandu in November this year.