In his statement issued on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of BIMSTEC, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba stressed on the importance of unity, solidarity, and cooperation among the Member States to promote economic partnership and address the challenges facing the region.
Extending greetings and best wishes to peoples and governments of the BIMSTEC Member States on Monday, the Prime Minister said that the Organization must be enabled to realize the regional aspirations of peace, development, and prosperity.
“In the context of the severe fallouts of the COVID-19 pandemic on lives, livelihoods, and economies, the urgency to speed up regional cooperation has never been so critical and the need to translate our commitment into action never so compelling,” he pointed out.
Similarly, in a separate message, Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Narayan Khadka called for necessary political will to reinvigorate the BIMSTEC
process and make this year a momentous anniversary year, with a renewed resolve, concerted actions, and concrete outcomes.
He said that the initiatives of institutional strengthening that started during the Fourth Summit held in Kathmandu in 2018 had culminated in the recent Fifth Summit held in Colombo.
Foreign Minister Dr. Khadka also underscored the need to ensure the timely and effective implementation of the BIMSTEC agreements to realize the shared goals of peace and prosperity.
Expressing confidence that BIMSTEC would continue to make further strides in strengthening cooperation among the Member States, Khadka reiterated Nepal’s commitment to contribute constructively to the regional process.