Pakistan on Friday officially informed that the 19th SAARC summit has been cancelled. The summit was to be held in Islamabad in November.
After Sri Lanka, Maldives, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Bhutan have joined India in boycotting the SAARC summit.
Earlier, Sri Lanka citing their reason that the current environment is not suitable for holding the summit. According to media sources, Maldives also joins the other four countries to not participate in the SAARC summit.
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A statement from the Foreign Office said that “the spirit of the Saarc Charter is violated when a member state casts the shadow of its bilateral problems on the multilateral forum for regional cooperation”.
“Pakistan attaches great importance to regional cooperation under the umbrella of SAARC and remains committed to hosting the 19th SAARC Summit at Islamabad at the earliest,” it added.
This came after the Uri terror attack, the countries which have backed out have condemned the same and spoken up against the terrorism. Thus, they have expressed their unwillingness to participate in the SAARC summit.
The statement also narrates that Pakistan has abhorred India’s decision to hinder the SAARC process by not participating.
“The decision by India to derail the Summit effectively contradicts Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi’s own call to fight against poverty in the region,” the statement said.
The Chair of SAARC (Nepal) will soon inform about the new dates for the summit in Islamabad.