Cross-border terrorism a key challenge SAARC must overcome: Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar - South Asia Time

Cross-border terrorism a key challenge SAARC must overcome: Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar

 September 24, 2020  

ANI , New Delhi — (ANI): An agenda at the informal meeting of SAARC Foreign Ministers on Thursday was holding the 19th summit of the grouping, which was to be hosted by Pakistan, but the proposal fell through due to lack of consensus as most countries felt it wasn’t an opportune time for the event due to member states being preoccupied in dealing with COVID-19, sources said.  “One agenda item in the SAARC Ministerial meeting was the 19th SAARC Summit,  which was to be hosted by Pakistan. Most countries felt it wasn’t an opportune time for the event as member states are preoccupied with dealing with COVID-19. So the proposal fell through due to a lack of consensus,” a source said.

Earlier today, India took up the issue of cross-border terrorism at the informal meeting of SAARC Foreign Ministers which happened virtually on the sidelines of UNGA this year.

After the meeting, the Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar tweeted, “Cross-border terrorism, blocking connectivity and obstructing trade are three key challenges
that SAARC must overcome.

Only then will we see enduring peace, prosperity and security in our South Asia region”. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said Jaishankar stated at the meeting that over the last 35 years, SAARC has made significant progress but efforts toward collective collaboration and prosperity have been hampered by acts of terrorism.