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No consensus on holding of SAARC summit: India

Days after Pakistan’s International minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi reiterated Islamabad’s supply to host the long-pending summit of the South Asian Affiliation for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), India on Thursday stated that there was no materials change within the scenario since 2014 and there’s no consensus that will enable the holding of the summit.

On Monday, Qureshi had stated that India might attend the meet nearly if it doesn’t want to take part in-person.

Responding to questions at a briefing, the Ministry of Exterior Affairs’ official spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated, “Now we have seen media stories concerning the Pakistan international minister’s comment in regards to the summit… you’re conscious of the background as to why the summit has not been held since 2014. There was no materials change within the scenario. Subsequently, there’s nonetheless no consensus that will allow the holding of the summit.”

The nineteenth SAARC Summit was scheduled in Islamabad in November 2016 however was cancelled after New Delhi and different SAARC nations, together with Afghanistan had boycotted over the Uri terror assault that occurred on September 18, 2016.

Earlier this week, Qureshi had stated: “Sadly, India has made this discussion board dysfunctional due to its stubbornness. They aren’t prepared to return to Islamabad, they’re hesitant.”

“Due to India’s obstinacy, this discussion board is struggling. If India doesn’t need to come, then new means can be found. I reiterate our invitation to all SAARC members and Pakistan is prepared to host the nineteenth SAARC Summit in Islamabad. If India doesn’t need to come, they will attend nearly. In the event that they (India) have issues coming right here bodily, they will attend nearly however they shouldn’t cease others. They need to let others come and never have an effect on this discussion board,” the Pakistan international minister had stated.

SAARC works on the precept of consensus and the summit can’t be held if even one member decides to not attend.

On Pakistan elevating the problem of Kashmir and human rights violations there, the MEA spokesperson stated that Pakistan had hosted Osama Bin Laden and it’s report on human rights is well-known.

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