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Nepal to talk with SAARC members to press for holding summit

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

Chair has said it will hold discussions with member-states and take "necessary" steps to hold the next summit, which was postponed after five countries, including India, pulled out citing an environment that was not right for the meeting's success.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat said would take necessary initiatives and hold discussions with member-states to press for holding the 19th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Summit.


The 19th Summit was scheduled to take place in the Pakistani capital from November 9 to 10, but was postponed on Friday following the pull-out by India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, indirectly blaming for creating an environment which was not right for the success of the meet.

Later also pulled out of the summit.

Citing continuous cross-border by Pakistan, said last week that "in the prevailing circumstances, the Government of is unable to participate in the proposed Summit in "

Mahat said member-states must be sensitive towards organising the Summit by ensuring all members' participation.

"is an important forum for advancing regional cooperation and development," the minister said yesterday after returning from the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA).

Harmonious relations between the member-states would enhance utilisation of the association and encourage regional development, he said.

member states include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, the Maldives, and

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First Published: Sun, October 02 2016. 13:13 IST
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