New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday confirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not take part in the SAARC summit that is going to be held in Pakistan in November.

The move comes amid the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of Uri terror attack in which 18 Indian army soldiers were killed.

“In the prevailing circumstances, the Government of India is unable to participate in the proposed Summit in Islamabad,” MEA said.

“India remains steadfast in commitment to regional cooperation, connectivity but believes that it can only go forward in an atmosphere free of terror,” MEA added.

India conveyed to the current SAARC Chair Nepal that the increasing cross-border terrorist attacks in the region and growing interference in internal affairs of Member States by one country has created an environment that’s not conducive to successfully hold the summit.

Other countries skipping SAARC summit in Pakistan are Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan, according to reports.

 

First Published | 27 September 2016 9:26 PM
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