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India won't attend Saarc summit in Pakistan: Minister Swaraj

- Samuel Chettri, Kathmandu

Nov 28, 2018-

Indian Minister for External Affairs (EAM) SushmaSwaraj on Wednesday said that India will not be attending the Saarc summit being organised in Islamabad, Pakistan, India media reports said.

In a rebuff to Pakistan, a day after Islamabad said it would invite Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the SAARC summit, Indian Foreign Minister Swaraj said that India will not participate in the Saarc summit nor will it hold talks with Pakistan unless the latter stops terrorist activities.

"Unless and until Pakistan stops terrorist activities in India there will be no dialogue and we will not participate in SAARC," said Swaraj in a press conference organised in Hyderabad, India.

Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman Mohammad Faisal had said on Tuesday that the Indian PM will be invited to that country for the Saarc summit.

Earlier, in the wake of rising diplomatic tensions follwing a terrorist attack on an Indian Army camp in Uri of Jammu and Kashmir in September, 2016, India had announced its boycott of the summit, alleging Pakistan's involvement in the attack.

The summit had to be called off after Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan also declined to attend. Following the fallout, Nepal, as the current chair of Saarc, had urged all member states to create a conducive environment for 19th Saarc summit in line with the spirit of the Saarc charter.

The regional summit has not taken place since the conclusion of 18thSaarc Summit in Kathmandu in 2014.

Published: 28-11-2018 16:06

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