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Building new bridges with BIMSTEC

2016, Yearend 2016, South Asia
by Ashok Malik
From a passive acceptance of SAARC’s irreplaceable role as a platform for economic integration and developmental cooperation in the region, the Narendra Modi led government has changed India’s approach.

In the autumn of 2016, the cancellation of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad was a defining moment in the life of this 30-year institution. The first SAARC summit was hosted by Dhaka in December 1985. Following that, heads of government of member countries were expected to meet every year.