SAARC summit in Pakistan postponed after withdrawal from various countries
Blaming India for derailing the SAARC Summit, Pakistan announced that
the summit in Islamabad will now be held on an alternative date, even as Sri
Lanka joined others in opposing the summit under the “prevailing
Nepal subsequently issued an official statement seeking an indefinite
postponement of the summit.
Sri Lanka joined India, Afghanistan, Bhutan and Bangladesh in demanding
the summit should not be held.
Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding, “Sri Lanka
condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and stresses in this
regard the need to deal with the issue of terrorism in a decisive manner”.
Addressing the media in Delhi, Afghan envoy Shaida M. Abdali demanded
that SAARC should focus on counter-terror initiatives. Meanwhile, Ministry
of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted, ‘We note Pakistan’s
decision 2 postpone SAARC Summit.
India would stresson trying to operationalise the Green Climate Fund
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in Kozhikode on September 25 that
India would ratify the Paris climate deal.
The ratification document will be submitted at the offices of the UN
Secretary-General by Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Permanent Representative to
the UN, or his representative, said Environment Ministry officials.
It is still unclear what led India to alter its position dramatically
from mere weeks ago.
At the G20 summit in China last month, NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind
Panagariya said India “wasn’t ready” in terms of the domestic actions
required to ratify, or at least commit to ratify, the Paris deal within
After India’s bid to enter the NSG was rebuffed by China in Seoul in
June, the External Affairs Ministry said, “An early positive decision by the
NSG would have allowed us to move forward on the Paris agreement.”
Mr. Dave said that at the climate talks in Morocco in November, India
would stress most on trying to operationalise the $100 billion corpus —
called the Green Climate Fund — committed by developed countries.
Fund will aid policy, projects and technology transfer as a buffer
against the impact of climate change. Only a fraction of it has been pledged
so far.The funds will help nations work on fulfilling their Intended
Determined Contributions (INDC) which aim to reduce carbon emissions
through a host of solutions.
Mr. Dave said that India has already completed 12 per cent of all
pre-2020 Intended National Determined Contributions (INDC), or the road map
by which it will make good on its commitments to reduce carbon emissions.
As part of its INDC plans, India had promised to bring down its
emissions intensity, or emissions per unit of the GDP, by at least 33 per
cent by the year 2030 as compared to 2005 levels.
India gets support of its old ally Russia
Days after it asked Islamabad to take “effective” steps to stop the
activities of terrorist groups on its territory, Russia “welcomed” the
surgical strike by India, saying every country had a right to defend itself.
Russia’s Ambassador to New Delhi Alexander M. Kadakin said his country
had always been with India in fighting cross-border terrorism.
“Greatest human rights violations take place when terrorists attack
military installations and attack peaceful civilians in India. We welcome
the surgical strike. Every country has right to defend itself,” the Russian
He assured India that it did not need to worry about the Russia-Pakistan
joint military exercise, saying it did not take place in the
“Pakistan-occupied Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir”.
Last week, a Russian Foreign Ministry statement said Russia stood for a
“decisive struggle” against terrorism in all its manifestations.
Sri Lanka joined the demand for regional organisation to counter
Pushing for revising the agenda of SAARC, Sri Lanka on Wednesday joined
the growing demand that the regional organisation counter cross-border
After a meeting with PM Modi, visiting Srilanka’s PM cited Sri Lanka’s
experience with war and terrorism, and warned that SAARC would become
irrelevant without addressing terrorism.
“Cross-border terrorism might worsen if SAARC is thrown away,” he said
and added that three countries out of the eight-member regional grouping was
afflicted by security problems. He, however cautioned against war.
Sri Lanka was the fifth country to issue a statement against holding the
19th SAARC summit in Islamabad in November.
He said Sri Lanka’s decision against attending the summit was decided
through a process of democratic consultations, and highlighted that Sri
Lanka was discussing “several options” in shaping the South Asian regional
India’s preparation to deal with the emerging challenges figured in Mr.
Wickeremesinghe’s meeting with Mr. Modi and both sides discussed bilateral
issues such as India’s aid and technical support to Sri Lanka.
He said that in the midst of the “crucial phase” in South Asia, his
country would continue with the peace-building process that started
following the end of the war against the Tamil Eelam fighters.
Mr. Wickremesinghe’s demand on SAARC with a counter-terror focus follows
India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan citing “cross-border terrorism”,
“imposed war” and “interference” from Pakistan.