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First day ends sans deals
Staff Correspondent from Kathmandu
Publish Date : 2014-11-27,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 12
The inaugural day of the two-day 18th SAARC Summit was adjourned on Wednesday without signing any deals. The session reconvenes today (Thursday).
During the 12:35pm time slot on Wednesday for singing agreements the chair of the Summit Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala adjourned the meeting until Thursday afternoon.
Now it has become clear that two of the three deals related to roads, railways and energy cooperation would not be signed.
In line with the SAARC central theme--integration, connectivity and economic cooperation among the member states-- the Summit focussed on agreeing to the Motor Vehicles Agreement for the Regulation of Passenger and Cargo Vehicular Traffic amongst SAARC member states and Regional Railways Agreement.
Pakistan officials at the Summit blocked the agreements stating that they were not "internally" prepared.
Senior diplomats of eight South Asian countries are trying their best to avoid scuttling of the signing of the two other agreements.
However at the last moment at least the energy cooperation deal got through at the technical level, as it was essential for the electricity-starved region.
It is expected that the Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation (Electricity) would be signed in the Summit this afternoon.
Shiekh Hasina and Narendra Modi in their speeches also pushed for the agreements to be inked for boosting regional cooperation.
Leaders of the eight member states in their speeches have stressed SAARC's role for the South Asia's development.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged all to set aside differences and work for the progress of the region's people, nearly 40 per cent of them being poor.

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