India not to attend upcoming SAARC summit in Pakistan

Published: November 28, 2018 21:24:50 | Updated: November 29, 2018 10:22:51


India will not attend the upcoming SAARC summit to be held in Pakistan, possibly early next year.

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj gave the information on Wednesday, a day after Islamabad's invitation to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reports NDTV.

"That invitation has already been given but we are not responding to that positively. That until and unless Pakistan stops terrorist activities in India, there will be no dialogue and we will not participate in SAARC," the Indian foreign minister told reporters in Hyderabad.

Sushma Swaraj, responding to questions, emphasised that though Indian ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri were attending the Kartarpur event in Lahore on Wednesday, it should not be seen in the context of dialogue that has been suspended between the countries since 2013.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was scheduled to open the ground-breaking ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev in Pakistan, to Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur.

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