New York, Sep 26: In what is seen as a victory of Indian diplomacy, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday decided to stay away from the SAARC Foreign Ministers' meet.
In a tweet, Pakistan's ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf said that Mr Qureshi will not attend Indian Minister Dr Jaishankar's speech.'FM SM Qureshi refuses to attend Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar’s statement at the meeting of SAARC Council of Ministers,' the tweet said.
Last year, the then External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had snubbed Pakistan as she immediately left the meeting venue after her remarks and did not have any exchange with the Pakistani minister.The Late Minister had also told the meeting that the terrorism was the single largest threat to peace and stability in South Asia.
On September 17 this year at a press meet in New Delhi, Dr Jaishankar has said - "SAARC is a body for regional cooperation, my message on SAARC will be what you require for regional cooperation. You need trade, you need connectivity...If you are to talk about the future of SAARC, which country is today promoting SAARC and which country is today impeding SAARC?"(UNI)