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Asian forum on EU line

New Delhi, Sept. 2: A South Asia Forum of MPs and former MPs has been set up to strengthen regional cooperation and create awareness about the region.

Modelled on the European Union, the forum aims at minimising the effects of globalisation and improving the regionís bargaining power.

Foreign minister Yashwant Sinha will inaugurate the forum at the Parliament annexe on Friday in the presence of high commissioners from Saarc countries, MPs from all parties and foreign policy experts. The aim is to set up a South Asian Union eventually. The EU has helped its members tremendously, organisers said. The forum has 20 MPs, including former Union minister and Congress MP Eduardo Faleiro, who is the chairman. Faleiro said it would will also bring in foreign policy experts.

The primary goal is to strengthen cooperation among the countries of the region, to increase people-to-people contact and to open dialogue with the intelligentsia and likeminded organisations of South Asia.

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