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Pakistan is ready to host 19th SAARC Summit: FS Janjua

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

said Friday that is ready to host the 19th SAARC Summit, two years after it was called off when declined to participate following a deadly terror attack in the country.

Janjua addressed a ceremony organised by to celebrate the 34th SAARC Charter Day in collaboration with the for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and

Janjua said being the founding member, stands steadfastly by the principles of the SAARC charter.

Janjua emphasised that only through adhering to the principles of sovereign equality and mutual respect among member states, the SAARC grouping can achieve the cherished goal of a prosperous and developed South Asian region.

She pointed out that the SAARC countries over the years have focused on poverty alleviation. However, life of a large population remains far from satisfactory. "We have enormous responsibility to deliver on this front," she said.

The said being home to 1.7 billion talented, energetic and educated human resource and abundantly blessed with natural resources must not be left behind.

She also reiterated that "stands ready to host the "

The 2016 SAARC Summit was to be held in November in But after a deadly terrorist attack on an camp in Uri in in September that year, expressed its inability to participate in the summit due to "prevailing circumstances".

The summit was called off after Bangladesh, and also declined to participate in the meet. Maldives and are the seventh and eighth members of the grouping.

Last month, Pakistan said it would invite to the SAARC Summit. However, said that unless and until Pakistan stops terrorist activities in the country, there will be no dialogue and participation in the SAARC.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 19:05 IST
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