Islamabad: In Maldives‚ the 7th Conference of the Association of SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians began in Male on Sunday. The President of Maldives Yaamin Abdul Gayoom inaugurated the conference.
Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq is leading a six-member Pakistani delegation in the conference. In his address to the inaugural session‚ the Speaker said eight nations of South Asia were inter-woven in a fine tapestry of common ancestry‚ joint heritage‚ similar cultures and inter-linking dialects.
He said that SAARC draws strength from this commonality which provided workable vistas for enhancing cooperation and had paved the way for a throbbing South Asian Union during the last three decades.
Earlier‚ on behalf of the people and parliament of Pakistan‚ he offered his sincere felicitations to Yaamin Abdul Gayoom on his recent election as the President of Maldives.