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Posted On : 10 Aug, 2017  Source : PTI  Place : Kathmandu 
Nepal PM Deuba condemns terrorism, urges regional connectivity
Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said today his country "unreservedly" condemns terrorism in all its forms as he called for greater regional connectivity and integration for the collective prosperity.

Addressing the 15th ministerial meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation in Kathmandu, Deuba said the BIMSTEC region, like any other region of the world, has not been immune to the dangers of terrors and threats of destruction and damages.

"Terrorism, transnational crimes, human and drug trafficking have deeply disturbed peace and harmony in our society," he said.

"BIMSTEC embodies the aspirations for integrated economy, the aspirations or shared progress, and the aspirations for transformative development outlook throughout the region, he noted. The need for greater connectivity and integration has been more evident than ever for the pursuit of collective progress and prosperity of our region," Deuba said.

The member countries of BIMSTEC are India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal.

Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara urged close cultural ties and cordial people-to-people contacts to strengthen progress, peace, and prosperity in the region.

"I wish to underline that with our strong collaboration we can fulfill the aim of regional economic integration, can achieve social progress, and can enjoy shared prosperity within the region," Mahara said at the inaugural session.

A BIMESTEC ministerial meeting will be held tomorrow.