Following India‘s decision of not taking part in SAARC Summit, Now 3 more nations pull out and decides to boycott the SAARC Summit. Recently India said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not travel to Islamabad for the regional SAARC summit in November after the rising terror attacks, Now three more members, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Bhutan have pulled out of the SAARC summit, isolating host Pakistan.
As reports by The Hindu, The SAARC summit of 2016 will be cancelled, confirmed by Nepal after Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan followed India’s decision to stay away from the November summit to be held in Islamabad. A high-level diplomatic source from Bangladesh also confirmed to The Hindu that the formal declaration of the cancellation of the summit is imminent. However, a final decision rests on the current Saarc Secretary General Arjun Bahadur Thapa, who is currently in New York and will return in two days.
Pakistan has termed the boycott decision as “unfortunate” Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Bhutan have pulled out of the SAARC summit, isolating host Pakistan. Sri Lanka has also said that the SAARC Summit would not be possible without India’s participation. In its message to Nepal on Tuesday, Afghanistan said that because of “increased violence and fighting, President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani with his responsibilities as the Commander in Chief will not be able to attend the summit”.
The Royal Government of Bhutan, In a similar note to the SAARC Chair, made available to the media, stated that it “shares the concerns of some of the member countries of SAARC” and its “inability” to participate in the SAARC summit.
“While reaffirming Bhutan’s strong commitment to the SAARC process and strengthening of regional cooperation, it notes ‘the concern of the Royal Government of Bhutan on the recent escalation of terrorism in the region, which has seriously compromised the environment for the successful holding of the 19th SAARC summit in Islamabad,” the Bhutanese note said.