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PublishDate: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 10:38

SAARC foreign ministerial meeting cancelled

An upcoming meeting of foreign ministers from South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) states has been cancelled.

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_ The last annual foreign ministerial meeting took place virtually on September 24, 2020 in due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The upcoming meeting of the Council of Ministers was to be held in-person on September 25 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

But the Nepalese Foreign Ministry issued a communiqué on Tuesday, saying the meet had been cancelled due to “lack of concurrence from all member states”.

Meanwhile, India Today quoted unnamed sources as saying that most SAARC members rejected Pakistan’s request for allowing the Taliban represent Afghanistan at the informal meeting.

The news magazine reported Pakistan insisted on preventing representatives of the government from attending the SAARC foreign ministers’ meeting.

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