Participating in the Third Meeting of SAARC Ministers for Interior/Home in Islamabad, Pakistan, on 26th June 2010, Lyonpo Minjur Dorji assured fellow SAARC Home/Interior Ministers that “while Bhutan is privileged to enjoy a peaceful situation, we are by no means complacent, and recognize our existing vulnerabilities, largely arising from resource and infrastructure constraints.”
Lyonpo said that “as non traditional security threats continue to grow in complexity, the primacy of dialogue and cooperation for an effective regional approach becomes more imperative. We have the legal basis in the six SAARC Conventions before us, which embody the common will of our peoples for a more secure future. These instruments are also a demonstration of the collective political will of our governments to address common challenges in resolute fashion through genuine partnership. South Asia must renew its efforts to form a coherent and collaborative response to the region’s complex security risks. “
The SAARC Ministers of Home/Interior adopted the Islamabad SAARC Ministerial Statement on Cooperation against Terrorism, which reiterates the resolve of the region to strengthen the SAARC regime against terrorism, affirms the region’s commitment to further strengthen cooperation to fight and eradicate terrorism in all its forms and manifestations through coordinated and concerted response.
The Ministers unanimously welcomed Bhutan’s offer to host the Fourth Meeting of SAARC Ministers of Home/Interior during the term of its Chairmanship of the Association. Dates of the meeting will be communicated at a later date.
While in Islamabad, Lyonpo Minjur Dorji called on H.E. Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and H.E. Mr. Syed Yousaf Reza Gillani, the Prime Minister . Lyonpo also held discussions with the Home and Interior Ministers of other SAARC Member States.
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