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PM Modi to skip SAARC summit in Islamabad

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to skip the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Islamabad in November after the tensed relations with Pakistan following the terror attack in Uri.

“India has conveyed to current SAARC Chair Nepal that increasing cross-border terrorist attacks in the region and growing interference in the internal affairs of Member States by one country have created an environment that is not conducive to the successful holding of the 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad in November 2016,” a statement by the External Affairs Ministry said.

“In the prevailing circumstances, the Government of India is unable to participate in the proposed Summit in Islamabad,” it further stated.

“We also understand that some other SAARC Member States have also conveyed their reservation about attending the Islamabad Summit in November 2016,” said the statement.

The announcement to boycott the SAARC summit comes as India has been unsparing in its attack, at the United Nations General Assembly, on Pakistan for sponsoring terror. India has also announced on the floor of the world body that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will remain so.

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