SAARC meeting called off after Pakistan’s seat demand for Taliban

SAARC meeting called off after Pakistan's seat demand for Taliban
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The SAARC foreign ministers’ meeting, planned on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York this week was called off over Afghanistan’s participation.

There was, however, no agreement on this issue among the SAARC members. Sources said this “lack of consensus” led to the cancellation of the SAARC foreign ministers’ meeting.

Once again, on the global stage, Pakistan found itself isolated. This comes after its attempt to generate support for the Taliban.

The ultras seized power in Afghanistan in August. Pakistan asked for a seat for the Taliban at Saturday’s meeting of Foreign Ministers from SAARC.

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As per a letter from Nepal’s foreign ministry sent to the SAARC secretariat, saying that “due to the lack of concurrence from all member states as of today, the informal meeting of the SAARC council of ministers proposed to be held in person on September 25 on the sidelines of the 76th UN General Assembly session will not take place.”

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South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation is the regional intergovernmental organisation of eight countries of South Asia namely Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Moreover, last year, the SAARC meeting was conducted virtually due to the pandemic.

The Taliban took control of Kabul last month through a military campaign across Afghanistan.

The ultras seized power after the withdrawal of US troops.

PM Modi last Friday emphasised that the new regime in Afghanistan was not inclusive and it had not been installed through negotiation and hence lacked legitimacy.

Mr Modi also urged the global community to tread cautiously on recognising the new regime in the war-torn country.

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