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SAARC has not lived up to its potential: WH

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

has not lived up to its potential, a top official said and "regretted" that the regional summit has to be postponed this year after most of the member countries pulled out of it.

"It is regrettable that the meeting could not be held this year," Peter Lavoy, Senior Director for South at the National Security Council (NSC), told a audience in response to a question at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

"In fact has not lived up to the potential of other regional groupings like ASEAN. That grouping has countries with similar frictions, similar boarder disputes, ethnic concerns and other problems at the time ASEAN was created," he said.

But has not been able to provide that platform, which has negative effect on the relationships, Lavoy said when asked about America's relationship between and

"I think, the bottom line is we do not try to balance this relationship," he said, adding that the Obama Administration has been focused on deepening and broadening its relationship with

"We wish that were to be the case with We work very hard with to turn that into a productive mutually beneficial relationship. I am sure the next administration would continue with these tendencies," Lavoy said.

The US he said already has a very vibrant trilateral co-operation with and Japan.

"There is no reason why other countries can't join in on this partnership," he said.

Following the attack in Uri in which 19 soldiers were killed, decided not to participate in the Summit that was scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November.

Following India, several other South Asian countries - Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka - pulled out of the summit.

This forced to postpone the Summit for an indefinite period.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, October 13 2016. 13:42 IST