WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Nov 27, 2018, 05.19 PM
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to invite Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit, Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal said on Tuesday.
Addressing a conference in Islamabad, Faisal recalled that Prime Minister Imran Khan in his first address had said that if India took one step forward, Pakistan would take two.
SAARC Summits are usually held biennially hosted by a member state in alphabetical order. The member state hosting the summit assumes the Chair of the Association
The last SAARC Summit in 2014 was held in Kathmandu, which was attended by Modi.
The 2016 SAARC Summit was to be held in Islamabad. But after the terrorist attack on an Indian Army camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir on September 18 that year, India expressed its inability to participate in the summit due to "prevailing circumstances" and stepped up diplomatic pressure on Pakistan. Nineteen Indian soldiers died in the attack.
The summit was called off after Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan also declined to participate in the Islamabad meet.
Maldives and Sri Lanka are the seventh and eighth members of the initiative.
The invitation comes after Pakistan invited Sushma Swaraj, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for Kartapur corridor ceremony.
Khan is likely to invite Indian prime minister Modi during his address at the break ground ceremony of Kartarpur corridor.
(With PTI inputs)
Khan is likely to invite Indian prime minister Modi during his address at the break ground ceremony of Kartarpur corridor