Regretting that regional environment is not conducive to host 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad, Nepal foreign office on Sunday officially announced the postponement of summit.
“To achieve peace and stability in the region, Saarc member states must, among others, ensure that their respective territories are not used by terrorists for cross border terrorism,” Nepal said, without naming Pakistan.
Nepal “unequivocally condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations” and expresses its solidarity in the global fight against terrorism,” Nepal’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement, adding the country has always condemned all acts of terrorism in the region.
The statement further mentioned that Kathmandu will reach out to all Saarc members to reschedule the summit which was slated to be held on November 9-10, the Kathmandu Post reported.
“As the chair of Saarc, Nepal has to ensure that the summit takes place at the earliest,” said Rishi Raj Adhikari, Foreign Affairs Adviser to Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”.
“We will discuss both the venue and dates with other member countries.”
(With IANS Inputs)