SAARC: To commemorate the 32nd SAARC Charter Day, government officials in Thimphu lit 1,000 butter lamps in Tashichhodzong yesterday.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said that the association over the three decades has made significant progress in fulfilling its goals and objectives to uplift the living standards of the people of South Asia and integration of the region.

“We must continue to nurture our spirit of association and collectively promote mutual understanding and good neighbourly relations and strengthen the common bond of friendship among the member states,” Lyonchoen said.

Lyonchoen added that Bhutan reaffirms its commitment and support to  SAARC and said that the country will continue to work closely with every member state in further achieving the goals and objectives enshrined in the SAARC Charter.

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) was founded in 1985 with seven member states of the South Asian region. Today its has eight member states.

The day also marked the 31st anniversary of SAARC.

Staff reporter