The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on 27 September announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will skip the SAARC summit in Islamabad due to strained relations with Pakistan.
"In the prevailing circumstances, the Government of India is unable to participate in the proposed Summit in Islamabad," said MEA in a statement.
The official spokesperson stated that India has conveyed to current SAARC Chair Nepal that increasing cross-border terrorist attacks in the region and growing interference in the internal affairs of Member States by one country have created an environment that is not conducive to the successful holding of the 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad in November 2016.
India remains steadfast in its commitment to regional cooperation, connectivity, and contacts but believes that these can only go forward in an atmosphere free of terror.
In the prevailing circumstances, the Government of India is unable to participate in the proposed Summit in Islamabad.
According to sources, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Bhutan too have decided that they won't attend the summit.
-With inputs from agencies