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Terrorism Heads South Asian Summit Agenda

  • VOA News

The foreign ministers of eight South Asian nations have been meeting in the Indian capital to prepare for a regional summit beginning Tuesday, at which terrorism will be a key topic.

Ministers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives and Afghanistan, the newest member of the South Asian group, agreed Monday on the agenda for the two-day summit.

Host India says it wants members of the South Asia Association of Regional Cooperation -- SAARC -- to issue a "very strong" statement on terrorism.

India's Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon says suggestions on how to fight terrorism are welcome from all SAARC members, almost all of which have been repeated terrorist targets.

This year's summit, for the first time, includes observers from China, the European Union, Japan, South Korea and the United States.
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