Kathmandu, Nov 26: The 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit that began in Kathmandu, headed for failure with objection raised by Pakistan over three pacts and ended the first day with no agreements signed.
An hour after Prime Minister talked about development asking the South Asia nations to come closer and together to combat the challenges like terrorism and climate change, Pakistan stalled the summit by blocking the key proposals that India had prepared to boost rail and road connectivity as well as the establishment of a regional power grid that Modi had batted for that could improve cross-border trade between SAARC nations.
Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif did not feel awkward not to ink the SAARC connectivity agreements, including motor vehicle pact, saying it was yet to complete its "internal process". However, he refused to answer to the media questions whether he was trying to block the agreements in the summit.
With no agreements being signed, the 18th SAARC summit that was held after three years in Kathmandu, turned out to be a non-achiever.
The 30 years of SAARC have not achieved desirable results so far in term of economic ties or development of its eight members - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
During the summit, the differences were clearly seen as both Modi and Sharif were keeping distance from each other. Addressing the Summit for the first time, Modi had raised key issues calling for closer integration between the nations. He pointed that achievements of the SAARC have been negligible over the years due to non-cooperation among the nations.
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