SAARC summits are usually held biennially hosted by a member state in alphabetical order.
Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman Mohammad Faisal told newspaper Dawn that Indian PM. Narendra Modi will be invited to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit this time. He quotes that Pakistan PM Mr.Imran Khan, in a letter to his Indian counterpart, had expressed Pakistan’s openness to resolving all outstanding issues through dialogue with India.
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 Mr. Modi. Pakistan is aggressively seeking support from smaller South Asian nations to host the Saarc summit in Islamabad.
Earlier in 2016, the summit was to be hosted in Islamabad itself but after the terrorist attack on Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir in September that same year, India declined to be a part of it due to ‘prevailing circumstances’. Later, other countries like Bhutan, Afganistan and Bangladesh also stepped back and didn’t participated in it.
More details regarding the news awaited.