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After India, three other countries including Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Bhutan refused to attend SAARC meet to be organized at Islamabad, Pakistan on 9th and 10th November 2016. According to the SAARC rule, the meet can only be arranged if each of the member countries agrees to attend it.

  • Along with member countries, nine observers of SAARC are also invited to attend the Summit.
  • The 18th edition of SAARC Summit was held in Kathmandu, Nepal in November 2014 and its theme was “Deeper Integration for Peace and Prosperity”.
  • The main aim of this 2016 summit was to take steps for enhancing member states connectivity for easier transit-transport.
  • Bangladesh denied attending SAARC as current circumstances couldn’t result the successful hosting of the 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad. Bhutan denied commitment to regional cooperation because of the same reason.
  • Afghanistan denied due to increased violence and fighting because of imposed terrorism on Afghanistan.

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:
  1. Afghanistan (joined in 2007)
  2. Bangladesh
  3. Bhutan
  4. India
  5. Nepal
  6. The Maldives
  7. Pakistan
  8. 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:
  1. Australia
  2. China
  3. European Union
  4. Japan
  5. Iran
  6. Mauritius
  7. Myanmar
  8. South Korea
  9. United States
  • Ziaur Rahman former President of Bangladesh recommended the idea for the SAARC on May 2, 1980.
  • The first edition of the summit was organized in 1981 and which was attended by seven founding countries in Dhaka (Bangladesh).
  • The Secretariat of SAARC was established in Kathmandu (Nepal) on 16 January 1987.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 29, 2016


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