SAARC 2014: India disappointed over Pakistan stalling inking of agreements
Kathmandu: India has expresses disappointment over Pakistan blocking the signing of three SAARC connectivity agreements related to motor vehicles, rail connectivity and a framework agreement on energy cooperation, pushed by India and other member states.
Addressing media in Kathmandu on Wednesday evening, Ministry of External Affairs spokesman, Syed Akbarudin, said though India is disappointed being a SAARC nation but it is otherwise already pursuing its connectivity agenda with some SAARC members.
Pakistan yesterday stalled the inking of SAARC connectivity agreements, including the motor vehicle pact, saying it was yet to complete its ‘internal process', notwithstanding other countries, including India and Sri Lanka, who have been strongly pitching for strengthening the people-to-people contact and movement of goods in the region.
“These agreements were discussed at various senior levels and there was no objection from any country but one state has indicated that they need approvals of their internal processes,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nepal Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey said his country will make all efforts to ensure that the connectivity pacts, are signed before the SAARC declaration today.