Pakistan praises Nepal’s initiative to hold SAARC summit

Kathmandu: Pakistan has welcomed Nepal’s initiative to convene the stalled South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit as soon as possible.

This was stated by Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Sohail Mohammad during a meeting with Nepal’s Ambassador to Pakistan Tapas Adhikari.

“The Foreign Secretary commends the role played by SAARC as the chair country in advancing the SAARC process,” Pakistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement. During the meeting, the multifaceted relations between Nepal and Pakistan were discussed, according to the Ministry.

No SAARC summit has been held since 2014. The 19th SAARC Summit, scheduled for 2016 in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, was postponed at the last minute.

Nepal is currently chairing the SAARC and Pakistan is the host country of the SAARC Summit. Nepal has been urging other member states to convene the SAARC Summit as soon as possible but no agreement has been reached.