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SAARC: Sushma Swaraj Says India Will Not Attend Summit Till Pakistan Stops Cross-Border Terrorism

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| November 28 , 2018 , 14:28 IST

India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj declared on Wednesday that there will be no dialogue with Pakistan unless it desists from terrorist activities against India and denied Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the SAARC summit.

She made the statement after Pakistan foreign office's announcement on Tuesday that it would “ invite” PM Narendra Modi to a Saarc summit in Islamabad.

The external affairs minister added that the opening of the Kartarpur corridor with Pakistan does not imply a resumption in dialogue.

SAARC Summits are announced only after it has been decided upon by all members. It is only after that formal invitation are sent out.

According to media reports, an official said," India is not a special invitee that Pakistan has the discretion to invite us. India is integral to the Saarc process,” a senior government official said.

 “The date for a Saarc summit is finalised with the consent of all members. And that has not happened,” the official added.

India had pulled out of the 19th SAARC summit that was to be held in Islamabad after the deadly terrorist attack on an Indian Army camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir in September that year.

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The summit had to be called off after Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan also declined to attend. The Maldives and Sri Lanka are the other two members of the regional grouping.No summit meeting of SAARC has happened ever since.