Ambassador Haidari Joins Minister Chamal Rajapaksa in the 11th SAARC Food Bank Board Meeting
Colombo: - On January 22, 2020, Ambassador M. Ashraf Haidari joined HE Chamal Rajapaksa, Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Rural Development of Sri Lanka, to attend the 11th Meeting of SAARC Food Bank Board. Afghan delegate Ghulam Hazrat Halimi of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) accompanied the Ambassador in the closing of the 2-day Meeting, which discussed the importance of fully operationalizing the SAARC Food Bank to ensure regional cooperation on food security as a common issue of interest and concern to all member-states.
Ambassador Haidari thanked HE Minister Rajapaksa for hosting the Meeting and highlighted the importance of enhanced bilateral cooperation in #agriculture and rural development between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. They agreed that regular exchange of skilled farmers and agriculture experts among the SAARC member-states would help ensure food security throughout the region.
In his recent article on "Securing South Asia Through Regional Economic Integration," Ambassador Haidari discusses the critical role SAARC can play in fostering regional economic cooperation, including collaboration on food security as a common need across the region.