India unlikely to participate in SAARC Summit this year too: Reports

 
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New Delhi, Apr. 24 (TNS):  India is unlikely to participate in the 20th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit, scheduled to be held in Islamabad this year, repeating its strongest diplomatic move of boycotting the summit two years ago, Indian media reported on Tuesday.

According to the ANI report, India insisted that it would not particepat in the moot if it would be held in Pakistan.

Pakistan is reportedly aggressively seeking support from smaller South Asian nations to host the SAARC Summit in Islamabad this year. Sri Lanka and Nepal have already backed Islamabad.

India boycotted the 19th SAARC Summit which was to be hosted by Pakistan. Subsequently, all the SAARC members had boycotted the summit.

The eight-member bloc includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The SAARC Summit is held in different South Asian Nations, every 12-18 months.

Courtesy: ANI