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Pakistan committed to hosting Saarc Summit: Envoy Javed
Oct 28, 2017-
The government of Pakistan is committed to holding the 19th Saarc Summit, Pakistani Ambassador Mazhar Javed said on Friday, calling on all members states to make the regional bloc more active.
The 19th Saarc Summit, which was scheduled for November 9-10 last year in Islamabad, was postponed after India’s decision to pull out of regional’s bloc’s meeting followed by Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan.
“All Saarc members have equal responsibility to make the regional forum more active. Mutual collaboration is essential for regional cooperation,” said Javed at discussion programme on ‘regional Peace and Development’ organised at the Embassy of Pakistan in the Capital. “The government of Pakistan is committed to hosting the Saarc Summit.”
Amid rising tensions between India and Pakistan, New Delhi in September last year, two months before the scheduled summit, announced that it would skip the meeting, blaming Pakistan for a deadly assault the same month on an Indian Army garrison at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir state in which 19 soldiers were killed.
Pakistan has denied the accusations.
Efforts made by Nepal as the current chair of the regional bloc to ensure the summit, however, are yet to materialise.
Former ambassador Bishnu Hari Nepal stressed that bilateral or a specific issue between two countries should not be a hurdle in the Saarc affairs. Nepal, as the chair of SAARC, should take initiative to make the 19th summit take place, he added.
Published: 28-10-2017 07:44