Kathmandu, November 10:

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ramesh Nath Pandey today left for Dhaka to participate in the 13th Summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), and its Council of Ministers’ meeting.

SAARC ministers are meeting on November 10 and 11 and the Summit is scheduled for 12 and 13. Nepali delegation in the 13th Summit is being led by King Gyanendra. King’s presence in the Summit “reflects the deepest commitment and importance Nepal attaches to the SAARC process,” minister Pandey said.

Before his departure at Tribhuvan International Airport, minister Pandey also said that no double standard should be adopted in dealing with terrorism. “Nepal strongly condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, committed by whoever, wherever and for whatever purposes,” said the minister.

He added that Nepal’s focus will be on making the best use of the anti-terror instruments in combating terrorism in a comprehensive and coordinated way. He said that Nepal will place emphasis on the need to make a review of previous SAARC decisions and work for the effective implementation of the accords on various issues in the 13th Summit.

“The execution of those decisions will inject new dimension and dynamism to the SAARC process and facilitate the South Asia move towards realising the vision of a phased and planned process leading to an Economic Union,” said Pandey. He said that South Asian Free Trade Area is Nepal’s commitment. The other agenda for the 13th Summit according to the minister, will be strengthening the SAARC Secretariat. The King is also scheduled to hold bilateral meeting with the South Asian leaders.

The King will also participate the World Summit on Information Society to be held in Tunish, the capital of the Tunisia. According to the minister, Nepal’s emphasis in the Tunis summit will be to consolidate the process of building the global information society that is people centred, inclusive and equitable.