19th SAARC Summit Officially Postponed by Pakistan [ Current Affairs ]
The 19th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit was officially “delayed” by the host country Pakistan after India and four other countries declined to attend the Summit on November 9th and 10th in 2016 at Islamabad, Pakistan.
- It was predicted that the Summit will be postponed , but now officially announced by Pakistan.
- Chair of SAARC Nepal will announce the next date of Summit soon possibly in Islamabad.
- The support for India- diplomatic efforts of India to corner Pakistan over the terror attack at Uri were successful. These were followed by surgical strikes of India in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
- After India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Bhutan, Sri lank refused to attend the SAARC summit because of over cross-border terrorism in the region.
About the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)
- The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is regional diplomatic organization and geopolitical union in South Asia.
Its member states are:
- Afghanistan (joined in 2007)
- The Maldives
- Sri Lanka
- SAARC includes 3 % of the world’s area, 21 % of the world’s population and 9.12 % of the global economy, as of 2015.
Nine observer states:
- Union Japan
- South Korea
- United States
- Ziaur Rahman former President of Bangladesh recommended idea for the SAARC on May 2, 1980.
- The first edition of the summit organized in 1981 was attended by seven founding countries in Dhaka (Bangladesh).
- The Secretariat of SAARC was established in Kathmandu (Nepal) on 16 January 1987.
- Published on: October 5, 2016