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Bangladesh stays away from SAARC Summit

Post by: Chief News Editor | Published: September 28, 2016 , 10:48 pm | Category: TOP NEWS

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, File Photo.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, File Photo.

Dhaka, Broadcasting News Corporation : Bangladesh Wednesday said the continuous interference in its internal affairs by “a SAARC member country” prompted Dhaka to stay away from the 19th summit of the regional grouping which was scheduled to be held in Pakistan capital Islamabad in November this year.

“The continuous inference of a (SAARC) member state in Bangladesh’s internal affairs prompted us to pull out from the summit,” State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam told a media briefing in an oblique reference to Pakistan.

Alam said Dhaka already conveyed its decision to the current chair of the South Asian Association to Regional Cooperation (SAARC) – Nepal — through a letter.

He, however, said Dhaka was committed to the SAARC spirit and its activities to promote connectivity and regional cooperation and added that Bangladesh would take part in the SAARC summit in future if conducive atmosphere was restored.

Asked if the Indian decision influenced Dhaka to take the decision to pull out, Alam answered in the negative saying, “it was our own decision. There is no relation of our decision with the any other country’s decision”. “But this is not an unprecedented situation (involving SAARC summit) . . . several of the SAARC summits were postponed in the past.

The state minister did not name Pakistan directly for the interference but said Bangladesh would never compromise with the issues involving the country’s independence and sovereignty, trial of the killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and trial of the war criminals.
NEWS COLLECTED FROM BSS.