NEW YORK: Pakistan has reiterated its commitment to stand with SAARC’s principles and objectives.
The commitment has made by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi during an informal meeting of the Council of Ministers of the SAARC held in New York on the sidelines of the General Assembly session.
He stressed that Pakistan considered SAARC an important platform for organizing a collective response to regional challenges, particularly the region’s development needs.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says Pakistan is ready to host SAARC summit at any date agreed by its member states.
He also pointed out that there is a general positivity within the rest of the membership to move forward on the holding of the summit but one country is unnecessarily enacting hurdles and obstacles for its narrow gains.
He said Pakistan continued to insist that there is no alternate to dialogue and the attempt to scuttle the SAARC process is actually the major impediment in ensuring the prosperity, eliminating poverty in the region.