Amid growing tension over various security issues and to pitch for better bilateral ties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, which will be held in Pakistan in 2016.
The 19th SAARC summit in Islamabad will be hosted by Pakistan and this was announced by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while addressing the 18th SAARC summit held in the Nepal.
Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in her statement in Islamabad on Wednesday confirmed that Modi will attend the SAARC summit in Pakistan and also hinted that she will also come along with the Prime Minister.
She said that India is ready to work with Afghanistan and Pakistan claiming that “the heart of Asia cannot function if its arteries are clogged.”
She extended a hand of cooperation to Pakistan and said that India is ready to adjust to Pakistan’s pace and work with them.
“India extends its hand to Pakistan as well. It is time that we display the maturity and self confidence to do business with each other. For its part, India is prepared to move the cooperation at a pace which Pakistan is comfortable with,” Swaraj had said.
The External Affairs Minister claimed that it is the “collective duty of all to ensure that the forces of terrorism and extremism do not find sanctuaries and safe heavens in any name form or manifestations.”