Nepal to initiate talks to ensure participation of all in SAARC Summit

United News of Bangladesh | Published: 21:18, Oct 02,2016

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Nepal, the current SAARC chair, on Sunday said they will initiate ‘necessary consultation’ on successfully holding the 19th Summit with the participation of all member states.

‘As the current chair of SAARC, Nepal underscores the need for creating a conducive regional environment for the SAARC summit,’ Nepal ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement. 

The SAARC chair, in the statement titled ‘postponement of the 19th SAARC summit, however, did not mention whether Pakistan will remain the host or it will go for a fresh venue.

Nepal regretted saying regional environment is not conducive to hosting the 19th SAARC summit scheduled for November 9-10 in Islamabad, and host country Pakistan has informed the chair of the postponement of the summit, it said.

‘Nepal strongly believes an environment of peace and stability is essential for a meaningful regional cooperation,’ the statement said.

To achieve peace and stability in the region, SAARC member states must, among others, ensure that their respective territories are not used by terrorists for cross-border terrorism.

‘Nepal unequivocally condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and expresses its solidarity in the global fight against terrorism,’ the statement read.

It said Nepal has always condemned all acts of terrorism in the region. ‘Most recently, Nepal has condemned the terrorist attack on Indian army base in Uri, Kashmir on September 18 that resulted in the loss of life of Indian soldiers.’

Earlier majority of SAARC member states including Bangladesh and India expressed their inability to participate Islamabad summit citing lack of a conducive environment and interference of Pakistan in other countries internal affairs.

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