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Media statement on the resignation of the SAARC Secretary-General

Government has been formally notified on January 23, 2012, of the resignation of the SAARC Secretary-General H.E. Ms Fathimath Dhiyana Saeed. Her resignation has been accepted with effect from January 22, 2012.

Notice of the acceptance of her resignation has been received from the Foreign Minister of the Maldives, in his capacity of the Chair of the SAARC Council of Ministers, and via the SAARC Secretariat.

SAARC practice provides each Member State an opportunity, on an alphabetical rotation basis, to nominate a candidate of their choice as Secretary-General of SAARC for a three-year term.

Since Ms Saeed is a Maldivian national who assumed the post of Secretary-General in March 2011 at the nomination of her Government, the Foreign Minister of Maldives has formally conveyed that he would soon propose a fresh candidature from his country to occupy the post for the remainder of Ms Saeed’s tenure of over two years.

New Delhi
January 28, 2012

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