Former Pakistan premier Yusuf Raza Gilani on Sunday called on Nepal's Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli during which they discussed the peace process of the Himalayan nation and regional issues including SAARC, a senior Nepalese official said.
"Nepal wants to handover the SAARC leadership by holding the conference as soon as possible, PM Oli said while reiterating his commitment over the regional body. We will always try to make SAARC effective," Oli said.
The 19th SAARC Summit, which was to be held in Islamabad in 2016, was cancelled after India decided not to attend it following a terror attack on an Indian Army base in Uri in September in which 18 soldiers were killed.
The summit is automatically postponed or cancelled even if one member country skips the event.
Besides India, three other SAARC members - Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan - have pulled out of the summit, indirectly blaming Pakistan for "creating an environment which is not right for the successful holding" of the meet.
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