Updated: September 28, 2016 12:40:05 pm
In response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to skip November’s SAARC Summit meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan claimed that they haven’t received any official communication from the Indian side, but termed the announcement as unfortunate. Taking note of Minister of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup’s tweet announcing the same, Pakistan said it is committed to peace and regional cooperation.
In a statement released by the MEA, India conveyed to the current SAARC Chair Nepal on its refusal to participate in the summit, citing an increase in cross-border terrorist attacks. Without naming Pakistan, India said one country has been interfering in its internal affairs and that the environment is not conducive for holding the summit. “In the prevailing circumstances, the Government of India is unable to participate in the proposed Summit in Islamabad,” it said.
Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Mohammed Nafees Zakaria issued a counter statement that read: “the world knows that it’s India that has been perpetrating and financing terrorism in Pakistan”. Citing the alleged public confession by a former navy officer, Pakistan also claimed that India violated the international law and UN charter by interfering in the internal matters of a sovereign state.
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