Elimination of terrorism in all of its forms is a precondition not just for successful collaboration but also because of its survival of the Southern Asian area, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted following a SAARC meeting here that Pakistan boycotted if he had been creating his opening statement.
“Ours is not only a story of missed chances but also willful barriers. Terrorism is one of them. In our opinion, elimination of terrorism in all of its forms is a precondition not only for successful collaboration but also because of its survival of our area,” Jaishankar mentioned on Twitter.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi boycotted Jaishankar’s opening statement in the meeting of the SAARC Council of Foreign Ministers on Thursday, together with the judgment Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party stating the country won’t participate with India” unless and until” it lifts the”siege” in Kashmir.
The assembly on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session began within his absence.
Jaishankar was one of the first ministers to arrive at the SAARC Ministerial Meeting. He had been at the assembly for more than 45 minutes and then abandoned.
He did not remark when asked about Qureshi boycotting the SAARC meeting. Qureshi came just after Jaishankar left the area after delivering his announcement.
Asked about being late for the meeting, Qureshi stated he does not wish to sit together with the Indian ministry for a demonstration over Kashmir.
Coming from this assembly, Qureshi said the SAARC countries have opted to hold another SAARC Summit at Islamabad, the time and date of his yet to be determined.
Tensions between the two nations have jeopardized since India abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution to reverse the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in August.
India’s decision evoked strong responses from Pakistan, which downgraded diplomatic ties and minding the Indian ambassador.
Pakistan was trying to internationalize the Kashmir problem after India withdrew the distinctive status of Jammu and Kashmir, but New Delhi has claimed that the abrogation of Article 370 has been its”internal matter”.
This past year, then external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj left the area after her announcement at the SAARC Council of Ministers’ Meeting, amid tensions between both states following the brutal killings of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir and Islamabad releasing stamp stamps”glorifying” a slain Kashmiri militant.
The 2016 SAARC Summit was held in Islamabad. But following a deadly terrorist attack on an Indian Army camp at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir in September that year, India expressed its inability to take part in the summit because of the “prevailing situation”.
The summit has been called off following Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan also declined to take part in the Islamabad match. Maldives and Sri Lanka would be the eighth and seventh members of this initiative.
SAARC Summits are often held biennially hosted by a member nation in alphabetical order.