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* 16th SAARC Summit concludes with 'Thimpu Declaration'
Fri, Apr 30, 2010, 07:10 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 30, Thimpu: The 16th South Asian Association of Regional Corporation (SAARC) ended yesterday in Thimpu, the picturesque capital of Bhutan with the eight-member organization adopting 'Thimpu Declaration' for alleviating poverty, improving development and finding solutions to climate change.

All the eight leaders of the SAARC members and observers participated in a flag hoisting ceremony held outside the Assembly Hall before the conclusion of the session yesterday.

An art exhibition by artists fro m SAARC member states drew the interest of the SAARC leaders. Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa appreciated the paintings of Sri Lanka presented by the Sri Lankan artists Suneth Aravinda and Sudath Abeysekera at the exhibition.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai greeted President Rajapaksa at the inauguration of the Summit.

Meanwhile, First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa along with the other First Ladies of SAARC nations visited the National Ayurvedic Hospital in Thimpu yesterday.

(Pictures by Sudath Silva and Nalin Hewapathirana)

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