Days after Pakistan’s Foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi reiterated Islamabad’s provide to host the long-pending summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), India on Thursday mentioned that there was no materials change within the state of affairs since 2014 and there’s no consensus that will permit the holding of the summit.
On Monday, Qureshi had mentioned that India might attend the meet just about if it doesn’t want to take part in-person.
Responding to questions at a briefing, the Ministry of External Affairs’ official spokesperson Arindam Bagchi mentioned, “We have seen media reports regarding the Pakistan foreign minister’s remark about the summit… you are aware of the background as to why the summit has not been held since 2014. There has been no material change in the situation. Therefore, there is still no consensus that would permit the holding of the summit.”
The 19th SAARC Summit was scheduled in Islamabad in November 2016 however was cancelled after New Delhi and different SAARC international locations, together with Afghanistan had boycotted over the Uri terror assault that passed off on September 18, 2016.
Earlier this week, Qureshi had mentioned: “Unfortunately, India has made this forum dysfunctional because of its stubbornness. They are not ready to come to Islamabad, they are hesitant.”
“Because of India’s obstinacy, this forum is suffering. If India does not want to come, then new means are available. I reiterate our invitation to all SAARC members and Pakistan is willing to host the 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad. If India doesn’t want to come, they can attend virtually. If they (India) have problems coming here physically, they can attend virtually but they shouldn’t stop others. They should let others come and not affect this forum,” the Pakistan international minister had mentioned.
SAARC works on the precept of consensus and the summit can’t be held if even one member decides to not attend.
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