India gets diplomatic snub from neighboring Nepal over creating hurdles in SAARC conference in Islamabad

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India gets diplomatic snub from neighboring Nepal over creating hurdles in SAARC conference in Islamabad

NEW DELHI - India has got a diplomatic snub from tiny neighbouring Nation Nepal over creating hurdles in SAARC meeting in Pakistan.

Nepal on Friday strongly pitched for a South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit, saying that differences should be resolved through dialogue and the grouping should collectively deal with terrorism and other key challenges facing the region, the Press Trust of India said.

According to the news agency, Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali cited last year’s historic talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, saying that 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 said during an interaction with a group of foreign policy experts and reporters.

It is Pakistan’s turn to host the summit. However, India — citing continued support to alleged cross-border terrorism by Islamabad — has been maintaining that it is difficult to proceed with the summit. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD

The 2016 Saarc 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 expressed its inability to participate in it.

Foreign Policy