Bhutan to hold first SAARC summit in 2010

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SAARC Summit
Thimphu, May 20: Bhutan is all set to host the SAARC summit for the first time in 2010, after skipping it three times due to its poor infrastructure. The 16th SAARC summit which sees the convergence of all South Asian leaders, will be held in the nation's capital Thimphu with the tentative dates being Apr 28 and 29.

Jigmi Y Thinley, the Prime Minister said, "It will greatly enhance Bhutan's international image as a sovereign, independent, responsible and equal member country." He added that his nation and administration is ready to host the summit. The summit is also important for Bhutan since it is obligatory for each member state to host the conference.

The 2010 summit was scheduled to occur in Maldives but is shifted to the Himalayan nation. 2008's summit was held in Colombo of Sri Lanka in Aug.

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