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After India, Bangladesh pulls out of SAARC to be held in Islamabad

After PM Modi, Bangladesh too have decided not to attend the 19th SAARC summit in Islam following the atmosphere in the region. The decision came a day after MEA had announced that India will not attend the 19th SAARC summit in Islamabad in November this year.

Bangladesh on Tuesday wrote to the SAARC chair Nepal expressing their apprehension about the proposed summit in Islamabad.

“The growing interference in the internal affairs of Bangladesh by one country has created an environment which is not conducive to the successful hosting of the 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad in November 2016. Bangladesh as the initiator of the SAARC process, remains steadfast in its commitment to regional cooperation, connectivity and contacts but believes that these can only go forward in a more congenial atmosphere. In view of the above, Bangladesh is unable to participate in the proposed summit in Islamabad,” the letter to Nepal read.

On the other hand, Nepal, too, could pull out of the SAARC Summit. With India and Bangladesh pulling out of the Summit, it will have to be postponed as, according to the new rules, the Summit can take place only if all nations are present.

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