Islamabad SAARC summit set to be postponed

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The 19th SAARC summit, scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November, is set to be postponed as Indian prime minister has decided to not join the summit amid tension with Pakistan after the attack on Indian military base in Uri.

Alongside India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Bhutan have also decided to skip the summit.

Indian external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup disclosed the decision of India while talking to reporters at his office on Tuesday, according to the website of the ministry.

Vikas Swarup also tweeted that regional cooperation and terrorism cannot go together. “India has withdrawn from the SAARC summit.”

A diplomatic source at Kathmandu said that Bangladesh has also apprised Nepalese prime minister, current SAARC chair, that it is not attending the summit.

According to the charter of the eight South Asian nations organisation, a summit shall be postponed if head of the state or the government of any member state refuse to take part in the summit.

Indian media NDTV and Indian Express have reported that Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Bhutan have decided against participating in the summit in Islamabad.

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