Summit will be organized to speed up SAARC: PM Oli

Kathmandu: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has stressed the need to expedite the summit to give fresh impetus to the stalled South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) process.

Expressing his best wishes on the occasion of the 36th SAARC Charter Day, Prime Minister Oli said that in the 36 years since its inception, SAARC has made tremendous progress as a common forum and promoted common understanding and cooperation.

“By convening the summit as soon as possible, the stalled SAARC process can be given a fresh impetus to build hope among the people and lay the groundwork for moving forward,” Oli said.

He also stressed the need for concrete action in the interest of political will and commitment to move forward.

Since the SAARC Summit in 2014, no SAARC Summit has been held. The SAARC summit held in November 2016 was postponed at the last minute.

Since then, India has shown no interest in holding the SAARC summit. Not only the conference but also SAARC has become uncertain because of India’s refusal to agree.