Friday, June 5, 2020
News

Pak says SAARC's Secretariat's absence reason for not attending trade officials conference

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

Islamabad | April 9, 2020 2:11:34 AM IST
Pakistan on Wednesday said that it did not participate in India-led South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) trade officials discussion as SAARC Secretariat was not part of today's video conference on coronavirus.

Trade officials of the SAARC countries except for Pakistan held a video conference, deliberating on creating a larger framework of trade facilitation to offset the adverse impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the region.

During the meeting, it was stressed that new ways and means be jointly identified to sustain and expand the intra-regional trade until the normal trade channels are fully restored.

"Activities such as today's Trade Officials' Video-Conference could only be effective if spearheaded by the SAARC Secretariat. Since the SAARC Secretariat was not part of today's Video-Conference, Pakistan chose not to participate. In order for the SAARC process to move forward, the SAARC Secretariat must be enabled to play its due role in any event or activity being organized under SAARC auspices," said Pakistan Foreign Ministry in a statement.

On March 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the video conference with participants from the SAARC nations.

PM Modi had proposed the creation of an emergency fund for the SAARC nations to combat the coronavirus pandemic and pitched India's initial offer of USD 10 million for this fund. (ANI)

 
  LATEST COMMENTS (0)
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
 
 
MORE WORLD NEWS
Brazil's COVID-19 death toll surges to w...
Australia to toughen foreign investment ...
Trump thanks Iran for releasing American...
Authors retract Lancet study on HCQ drug...
India commits to UNDP in catering to COV...
Adding to economic fallout post Covid, A...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
DMK lawmaker on ventilator support after...
In a first, BJP named Delhi chief after ...
Indigenous ELISA kits 92.37% sensitive, ...
'Coexisting with nature is India's appro...
No need for CBI probe in Tablighi Jamaat...
Madhya Pradesh: BJP's Balendu Shukla joi...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
Air pollution can pose serious thre... 
5 years of 'Dil Dhadakne Do': Ranve... 
Day tally dips, but no respite as A... 
India witnesses 6 times growth in I... 
Little sign of progress in latest E... 
Wouldn't rule out possibility of be... 
Europe wants summer tourist season ... 
Kartik Aaryan's beard capers contin...