Sri Lanka aiming to host BIMSTEC summit in August, India keen on grouping

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New Delhi: Sri Lanka is readying to big the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) acme successful mid August, with dates inactive to beryllium finalized.

This volition beryllium the 5th specified acme of the grouping. The past acme took spot successful Kathmandu successful 2018, with PM Modi attending the meet.

BIMSTEC has 7 members- India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and Sri Lanka. The grouping is much than 20 years aged and was formed successful 1997. 

The acme could hap physically, but depends connected the covid situation. Sri Lanka arsenic the seat of the grouping this year, is eyeing for a carnal summit. 

Last week it held the overseas minister's virtual summit. The docket for the leaders' gathering was taken up during this summit. 

The docket volition dwell of the support of BIMSTEC Charter,BIMSTEC Master Plan for Transport Connectivity & BIMSTEC Convention connected Mutual Legal Assistance successful Criminal Matters. Grouping is besides moving connected finalization of BIMSTEC Coastal Shipping Agreement and the Motor Vehicles Agreement. 

India is precise keen connected the grouping, with SAARC being incapable to relation good owed to Pakistan's politicization of galore proposals from India. 

At the overseas curate virtual meet, External Affairs curate S Jaishankar said, "BIMSTEC implicit the years has emerged arsenic a promising sub-regional grouping with increasing strategical and economical interests of the Member States, arsenic good arsenic of the planetary assemblage successful the Bay of Bengal region."

In 2019, India had invited BIMSTEC heads of authorities & states for PM Modi's oath taking ceremonial for 2nd term. After Sri Lanka, Thailand volition beryllium the big of the grouping.

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