Sri Lanka will not attend SAARC Summit
Sri Lanka will not attend SAARC Summit :- The 19th SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) summit is going to take place in Islamabad on 9th and 10th November.
The summit, which was supposed to be attended by all its eight member states, will now see the coming of only 3 member states. Out of the eight members, four members- Bangladesh, Afghanistan, India and Bhutan had earlier said that they will not be attending the SAARC summit. Now, even Sri Lanka has joined the boycott and will not be attending the summit.
The summit that is to take place in the capital of Pakistan was boycotted by India after the Uri attack. Following suit, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Bhutan showed their support for India and said that they will also not be attending the summit.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday (30th September), Colombo conveyed the following message to Nepal (current chair of SAARC)-
“Sri Lanka regrets that the prevailing environment in the region is not conducive for holding the 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad on November 9 and 10 2016.
The General Provisions of the SAARC Charter require that decisions at all levels shall be taken on the basis of unanimity, and this applies to the convening of meetings of Heads of State or Government of SAARC Member States as well.
“Peace and security are essential elements for the success of meaningful regional cooperation for the benefit of the people of South Asia. As a founding member of SAARC, committed to regional cooperation, Sri Lanka hopes that the steps required to ensuring our region’s peace and security will be taken to create an environment that is conducive for the pursuit of regional cooperation.
Sri Lanka condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and stresses in this regard, the need to deal with the issue of terrorism in the region in a decisive manner.”