The foreign ministers meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), which was scheduled to take place on September 25 at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), has been cancelled due to Pakistan’s objections to Afghanistan’s representation at the meeting. SAARC had reached an agreement with Afghanistan’s representation for the informal foreign ministers’ meeting, with a “empty seat” as a key solution.
However, due to Pakistan’s insistence on certain conditions, including Taliban representation, a final agreement could not be reached. Ghulam Isaczai, the Afghan Republic’s envoy to the United Nations, continues to represent his country. He is also scheduled to speak at the United Nations General Assembly on behalf of his country.
According to a note verbale sent by Nepal’s foreign ministry on September 21, “the informal meeting of the SAARC council of ministers proposed to be held in person on 25th September 2021…. will not take place due to lack of concurrence from all member states as of today.” The grouping’s chair is Nepal. A similar letter of cancellation was sent by the SAARC secretariat.
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