South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Visits the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management

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Jakarta – Ambassador Nina Hachigian gave her remarks at the inaugural session of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) policy level officers study visit to the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre). Ambassador Hachigian highlighted U.S. humanitarian assistance and disaster relief activities in South and Southeast Asia, underscoring the importance of regional organizations when coordinating responses. Approximately 40 representatives from SAARC, the AHA Centre, and ASEAN along with representatives from USAID, U.S. Mission to ASEAN, and the U.S. Forest Service joined the launch of the week-long visit, which will focus on sharing best practices. AHA Centre Executive Director Said Faisal, the ASEAN Deputy Secretary General for the Socio-Cultural Community Alicia Dela Rosa Bala, and SAARC Secretary General Arjun Bahadur Thapa also delivered remarks.

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