PM Singh leaves for Bhutan
New Delhi, Apr 28: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh left for Bhutan's capital Thimpu on Wednesday to attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, reports said.Singh is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with his Pakistani counterpar Yousuf Raza Gilani on the sidelines of the summit.
"The Summit will provide the countries of this region an opportunity to collectively reflect on where we are, what more we can do together to meet the developmental aspirations of our people, and how South Asia can play its rightful role in the international arena," Singh said in a statement on the eve of his departure.
Singh said South Asia cannot be immune to the trend of greater integration, both at the regional and global levels. "If we as South Asians work together, there is nothing that we will not be able to achieve. India will play its part in the resurgence of South Asia," he said.
The theme of this year's SAARC summit is "climate change".
"I look forward to discussing regional cooperation and strategies for tackling the effects of global warming in our region," said Singh, adding that he would hold a bilatral meeting with Prime Minister of Bhutan Jigmi Y Thinley, apart from other leaders.