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Maldives asks Saarc nations to create 'conducive' environment

The 19th Saarc Summit was scheduled to be held from November 9 to 10 in Islamabad

Press Trust of India  |  Male 

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The on Saturday asked member states to create an environment "conducive" for holding the grouping's summit which has been postponed following a pull-out by five countries, including

"The Government of has urged the member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to create an environment conducive for holding the 19th Summit," a Foreign Ministry statement said.

It said the appeal by the Maldivian government follows the decisions by some of the member states who have expressed their inability to attend the summit in scheduled for November due to terrorism, and threats to regional and peace.

"The Maldives condemns terrorism, especially those originating from outside," the statement said.

SAARC Summit can be convened only with the participation of Heads of State or Governments of all of its member states.

"The Maldives encouraged states to provide a valuable opportunity for the leaders to discuss critical issues facing the region and expressed hope that the required measures will be taken by relevant member states to convene the summit at an early date," the statement said.

The 19th SAARC Summit was scheduled to be held from November 9 to 10 in

Besides India, three other SAARC members - Bangladesh, Bhutan and - pulled out of the summit, indirectly blaming for creating an environment which is not right for the successful holding of the meet.

Sri Lanka also pulled out of the SAARC Summit today, becoming the fifth country to do so.

Citing continuous cross border by Pakistan, had announced earlier this week that "in the prevailing circumstances, the Government of is unable to participate in the proposed Summit in "

SAARC member states include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, the Maldives, and Sri Lanka.

First Published: Sat, October 01 2016. 08:16 IST