Saarc Summit: Nepal urges to create a conducive environment
Nepal government has urged to create a conducive environment soon to ensure participation of all member nations in the 19th Saarc summit, scheduled to be held in Islamabad of Pakistan.
We have taken this development seriously, the ministry added.
In the release, the Nepal government made an urge saying, “As the current chair of SAARC, the government of Nepal strongly urges that a conducive environment be created for the 19th SAARC Summit soon by ensuring the participation of all member states in line with the spirit of the SAARC Charter.”
On Tuesday, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi decided to not to attend the summit. Later Bhutan and Afghanistan also decided not to attend it.
Later on Wednesday, Bangladesh’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam said the decision to boycott Islamabad Saarc Summit is purely Bangladesh’s own decision.
“It has no relation with other countries’ decisions. It’s our own decision,” he told reporters at his office at the Foreign Ministry.
Without taking any name, Shahriar said a particular country’s repeated attempts to interfere in Bangladesh’s internal affairs has created an environment which is not conducive to successful holding of Saarc Summit.
“We have conveyed it to current Saarc chairman [Nepal and Saarc Secretariat] on Tuesday that Bangladesh is not attending the Summit,” he said.
The relations between Bangladesh and Pakistan have deteriorated sharply in recent years after Pakistan’s repeated interference in Bangladesh’s internal affairs following the trial and execution of war criminals.
Source: Dhaka Tribune. Date: September 29, 2016