Nepal calls for SAARC summit, cites Trump and Kim’s meet

Nepal calls for SAARC summit, cites Trump and Kim’s meet
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New Delhi: Nepal on Friday strongly pitched for convening of the SAARC summit which has been stalled due to India’s refusal to attend the scheduled summit in Pakistan.
Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali cited last year’s talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore, saying dialogue was the only way to address differences.
“If US President Trump and North Korea’s Kim can meet, then why not (leaders of) other countries,” he asked during an interaction with a group of foreign policy experts and reporters here.
India, citing continued support to cross-border terrorism by Pakistan, has been maintaining that it is difficult to proceed with the SAARC summit.
The 2016 SAARC (South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation) summit was to be held in Islamabad, but after a deadly terrorist attack on an Indian Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir that year, India refused to participate in it.
The summit was called off after Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan also declined to participate in the meet. Maldives and Sri Lanka are the seventh and eighth members of the grouping.
—PTI