The Standing Committee comprising the foreign secretaries in a meeting on Monday approved a number of issues, including the SAARC budget for 2007, and these will be placed for final approval of the Council of Minister.
The foreign secretaries reviewed the activities of different technical committees and working groups. They also discussed providing guidelines for increasing activities in areas of cooperation among the member states in commerce, finance, communications and energy sectors.
The 27th SAARC Council of Ministers meeting begins in Dhaka on Tuesday to approve the guidelines concerning the association's observers and guests, new observers and other recommendations of the standing committee. Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will inaugurate the meet at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel in the afternoon. Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan will chair the council session to be attended by the foreign ministers of the seven member states of South Asian Association for Regional