The next SAARC Summit, which was scheduled to be hosted by Pakistan in November, has been postponed after India pulled out of the event “in the prevailing circumstances”, Nepalese media reported Wednesday. “The 19th SAARC Summit has been postponed after India yesterday announced its inability to take part in it “in the prevailing circumstances”,” the Kathmandu Post reported.
Reports emanating from Nepalese media are significant as Nepal is the Chair of the eight-member grouping. India has already communicated its decision to Nepal. The summit is automatically postponed or cancelled even if one member country skips the event.