SAARC Summit: Sri Lanka joins the boycott with India and 3 other countries

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Updated: September 30, 2016 3:52:44 PM

Srilanka's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday released a statement condemning all forms of terrorism and stressed the need to deal with the issue in a decisive manner.

saarc summit, saarc summit boycott, saarc countries, saarc summit islamabad, saarc summit boycott countriesThe Srilankan MOFA regretted that the prevailing environment was not conducive to hold the 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad. (Reuters).

Srilanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday released a statement condemning all forms of terrorism and stressed the need to deal with the issue in a decisive manner. The ministry regretted that the prevailing environment was not conducive to hold the 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad on November 9 and 10 2016. It also said that all the General provisions of the SAARC charter need every decision at every level to be taken on the basis of unanimity. The Srilankan MOFA said that this applied to all the convening Heads of states and the governments of all the SAARC member states as well.

The Srilankan MOFA said that peace and security were the absolute necessity for the regional co-operation leading to the benefit of the population of South Asia. As one of the founding members of the SAARC, the island nation hoped that the essential steps to ensure the region’ peace and security would be taken. Srilanka’s decision to boycott the 19th SAARC summit comes just days before its Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visits India. Wickremesinghe is to visit India from October 4-6 this year.

It must be noted that an SAARC summit is only possible if all leaders of the member countries are present. India is the largest of the 8-nation South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). India had pulled back from the 19th SAARC summit in Islamabad just hours after India had handed over the proof of cross-border origin of the September 18 terror attack in Uri to Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit.

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