Pakistan, Maldives agree to reconvene SAARC meeting in Islamabad


MALE (Maldives), July 27 (APP): Adviser to the Prime Minister on

Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz Thursday said Pakistan and Maldives had agreed to reconvene meeting of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Islamabad.
Talking to APP after concluding of a three-day official visit of
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to Maldives, he said, President of
Maldives Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom talked about reconvening of SAARC meeting in Pakistan, adding it was a good message for the country.
He said both the leaders also talked about future of SAARC and agreed
to work jointly to make SAARC a vibrant organization.
He said India had blocked holding of SAARC summit in Islamabad in 2016
but Maldives did not support them and provided full support for the SAARC summit in Islamabad.
He said Pakistan and Maldives had business to business contacts and
formation of Joint Business Committee and Business Council would serve platforms for enhanced trade and investment cooperation by facilitating collaboration between businesses and institutions.
Aziz said one-third doctors in Maldives were Pakistanis and prime
minister announced establishment of a medical college for the people of Maldives and also sanctioned $ 5million for it.
He said Pakistan had also increased number of seats for the
Maldivian students in various disciplines in professional institutions.
He said both the countries also inked a number of Memorandum of
Understandings including training of diplomats, civil servants, trade promotion, climate change, education and tourism.
Aziz said both sides also talked on defence side and Pakistan would
provide two training aircrafts to Maldives to give training to their pilots.
He said Maldives was progressing very fast and out of 100 best
resorts of the world 10 were in Maldives which helped contribute to its GDP.