The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Division which is affiliated to the South Asian Political Affairs Division deals with matters pertaining to SAARC.
SAARC was established when its Charter was formally adopted on 8 December 1985.
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
China, Japan, South Korea, USA, Iran, Mauritius, Australia, Myanmar and the European Union.
Location of Headquarters:
Principles of SAARC
Cooperation in SAARC is based on respect for the five principles: sovereign equality, territorial integrity, political independence, non-interference in internal affairs of the member states and mutual benefits.
- The SAARC Division of the Ministry of External Affairs plays a pivotal role in assisting Ministries/Departments/Institutions of Sri Lanka to conduct SAARC related meetings in accordance with the norms and procedures of the SAARC Forum.
- The Division facilitates representatives from different Ministries to attend SAARC Meetings held in member countries. The SAARC Visa is also issued by the Division for Sri Lankan delegates attending SAARC meetings.
The SAARC Division is currently headed by Director General Mr. M.A.K. Girihagama
Telephone : 0094 11 2 325 925
Fax : 0094 11 5 339 521