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SAARC summit boycott will bring positive result: Afghanistan

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

today expressed hopes that decision by five countries to pull out of the summit in will bring positive and force non-cooperating member nations to walk on the path of peace and partnership.

and four other members - Bangladesh, Bhutan, and - pulled out of the November summit, indirectly blaming for creating an environment not conducive for successful holding of the meet.

The development took place in the aftermath of the Uri terrorist attack on September 18.

"and are at the forefront of supporting The recent decision to boycott SAARC summit in by India, Afghanistan and others is aimed at finding better ways to improve SAARC," said Afghanistan's Ambassador to Shaida Mohammad Abdali.

He was speaking at an interactive meeting organised by industry bodies and FTAPCCI here.

"SAARC should act in a manner it has been desired and aimed at. SAARC means connectivity, SAARC means business, SAARC means peace and stability. But if we see things happening contrary to that, then we must take steps to ensure those who are creating trouble change their course and be cooperative," the Afghan envoy said.

He, however, did not name any country.

"We hope the decision not to participate (in the summit) will give us a positive result. The positive result would be that those who do not cooperate in the same manner as other SAARC member countries will also start following our path. The path of peace and cooperation. The path which brings 'win-win' situation for all. We hope that decision will bring about better .. Better future of this region," Abdali said.

He described relationship between India and Afghanistan as "very unique".

"No other country can or countries can compete with our true relationship. It's very unique and it's very deep. It is based on cordial and friendly ties," he said.

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

First Published: Fri, October 14 2016. 16:59 IST