Pulling out of SAARC summit will have positive impacts: Afghanistan
Afghan Ambassador to India, Shaida Abdali, hopes that decision by five countries to pull out of the SAARC summit in Islamabad will have positive impacts and will help improve peace and partnership among the member countries.
“We hope the decision not to participate (in the Islamabad summit) will give us a positive result. The positive result would be that those who do not cooperate in the same manner as other SAARC member countries will also start following our path. The path of peace and cooperation. The path which brings ‘win-win’ situation for all. We hope that decision will bring about better results… better future of this region,” said Abdali at the meeting organized by industry bodies FICCI and FTAPCCI.
India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka have boycotted the SAARC summit which is due to be held in November in Islamabad as they accuse Pakistan of increasing cross-border terrorist attacks.
This comes after the Uri terrorist attack on September 18 which was reported as the “deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir in two decades). Four militants attacked an Indian Army brigade headquarters in Uri in the Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Afghanistan and India are at the forefront of supporting SAARC. The recent decision to boycott SAARC summit in Islamabad by India, Afghanistan and others is aimed at finding better ways to improve SAARC,” said Abdali.
“SAARC should act in a manner it has been desired and aimed at. SAARC means connectivity, SAARC means business, SAARC means peace and stability. But if we see things happening contrary to that, then we must take steps to ensure those who are creating trouble change their course and be cooperative,” the Afghan envoy said.
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