India’s Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will not be attending the SAARC Summit that was scheduled to take place in November 2016 in Pakistan amidst heightened tension between India and Pakistan.
India announced the decision on Tuesday night. India External Affairs said that “one country” has created an environment that is not conducive to the successful holding of the Summit.
Apart from India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan have also declared that they would also not be attending the SAARC Summit.
“India has conveyed to current SAARC Chair Nepal that increasing cross-border terrorist attacks in the region and growing interference in the internal affairs of Member States by one country have created an environment that is not conducive to the successful holding of the 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad in November 2016,” External Affairs Ministry said in a statement released today.
“In the prevailing circumstances, the Government of India is unable to participate in the proposed Summit in Islamabad,” it said.
“We also understand that some other SAARC Member States have also conveyed their reservation about attending the Islamabad Summit in November 2016,” it said.