NEW DELHI, July 22 (IANS): Home Minister P. Chidambaram Friday left for Thimphu to discuss security and anti-terror measures with his counterparts in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations.
The fourth SAARC security conference Saturday will also be attended by interior ministers of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The meeting of SAARC home and interior ministers will consider the report of the home secretaries who met in in the scenic Bhutanese capital Friday.
Among other issues, it will also consider matters relating to suppression of terrorism, maritime security, narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, mutual assistance in criminal matters, trafficking in women and children and promotion of child welfare.
Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh is representing India at the fourth meeting of the SAARC interior and home secretaries.
The security conferences are aimed at fostering greater ties among SAARC nations and strengthening police cooperation and other means to combat terrorism afflicting the region.
The conferences will review the progress made in the implementation of the decisions taken at the third meeting last year in Islamabad.
The 2010 conferences discussed proposals like maritime security and anti-piracy operations under the SAARC charter.