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MALDIVES TO HOST 17TH SAARC SUMMIT IN NOV 2011

Inner Maldives Holidays
2011 January 17
The Maldives will host the 17th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit on 10-11 November, for the first time the regional group’s summit will be held in the southern hemisphere even though all but one of its member states are located in the northern hemisphere.
According to sources, citing the economic slowdown, the Maldives had earlier skipped hosting the 16th SAARC Summit. Later, Bhutan did the honours.
In a recent radio address to the people, Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed said the government has decided to hold the 17th SAARC summit in the South Province. A special team, he said, would coordinate and oversee the necessary preparations. He added that the 17th SAARC summit hosting would be a “great honour” for the Maldives, for the first time in its 25-year-old history, SAARC is set to get its woman secretary-general from the Maldives.

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