The Council meets, preceding the Summit and between the two summits. The Council reviews the progress of implementation of decisions taken by Summits. The reports of the Council of Ministers are submitted to the Meeting of Heads of State or Government for consideration/ approval. The Council has also been meeting informally, since 1997, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly Sessions in New York.
CoM commended the work done by SAARC Secretariat and underlined that it should play even greater role in promoting the objectives of SAARC. Also the Ministers agreed to work on the dates for the 19th SAARC Summit and tasked the Secretariat to coordinate.