SAARC and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) meeting
✓Recently, the Foreign Ministers’ meetings of the SAARC and the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) took place in a virtual manner.
✓India called the SAARC countries to collectively resolve to defeat the scourge of terrorism, including the forces that nurture, support and encourage an environment of terror and conflict.
✓Pakistan also made a detailed statement on the resolution of “long-standing disputes”
✓All SAARC nations built a common stand on the need to cooperate in battling the coronavirus pandemic.
It is a multi-national forum for enhancing cooperation towards promoting peace, security and stability in Asia.
The First Ministerial Meeting of CICA took place in September, 1999.
It consists of 27 member nations from Asia including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Egypt, India etc.
Japan, Indonesia, USA etc. are some of its Observer Nations.
Republic of Tajikistan is the CICA Chairman for the period 2018-2020.