KATHMANDU: Nepalese Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli on Sunday said Nepal has been holding negotiations with India and Pakistan to revitalise the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc).
The Prime Minister said Nepal, as the current chair of Saarc, has been making sincere efforts to remove misunderstandings between India and Pakistan through dialogue with regard to Saarc, Xinhua news agency reported.
“I have requested Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to remove their misunderstandings regarding Saarc,” Oli said.
He said the Saarc process should not be derailed due to misunderstandings on bilateral issues between Saarc member states.
“Nepal believes that Saarc plays an effective role in this region. In the capacity of the ongoing chair of Saarc, it is Nepal’s responsibility to take initiatives to make Saarc dynamic,” he said.
Nepal has been asking Saarc member states to organise the Saarc summit as early as possible, which has not been held since Nepal held the 18th Saarc summit in 2014 in Kathmandu.
The 19th Saarc summit, scheduled to be held in Islamabad on November 9-10 in 2016, was cancelled after India, Afghanistan, Bhutan and Bangladesh decided to skip the summit blaming Pakistan for not cooperating in combating cross-border terrorism in South Asia.