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SAARC Countries List 2019

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is the regional intergovernmental organization and geopolitical union of nations in South Asia.

Headquarters – Kathmandu, Nepal
Founded - 8 December 1985, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Formation - 16 January 1987
Secretary-General– Arjun Bahadur Thapa

List of SAARC member countries (8)

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • India
  • Maldives
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka
Read the Complete List of International Summits here

Objectives of SAARC

  • To improve the quality of life of the peoples of South Asia 
  • To accelerate economic growth and social progress the South Asian region
  • To provide all individuals with the opportunity to live in dignity 
  • To strengthen collective self-reliance among the countries of South Asia
  • To promote active collaboration and mutual assistance in the economic, social, cultural, technical and scientific fields
  • To strengthen cooperation with other developing countries
  • To cooperate with similar organizations with similar goals

SAARC Summit Held –

  • 18th SAARC Summit 2014 – Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 19th SAARC Summit 2016 – Islamabad, Pakistan (Cancelled, as Indian Bhutan, Bangladesh and Afganistan boycotted the summit)
  • 20th SAARC Summit 2019 - Sri Lanka

Source - Official SAARC website
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