India’s Sushma Swaraj Walks Away From Foreign Ministers’ Talks Midway
On Thursday, Indian Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj left a session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) midway. Which caused Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to be unable to meet for discussions.
Foreign ministers Qureshi and Swaraj were scheduled to attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) council of foreign ministers, along the sidelines of the UNGA meeting. However, the Indian minister was left the meeting before the Pakistani FM could get the chance to talk to her.
While speaking to the press after the session, FM Qureshi expressed his disappointment as he did not get to discuss matters with his Indian counterpart.
“She left the meeting midway. Maybe she was not feeling well,” he said.
“My question is how is regional cooperation possible if the nations in the region are not ready to sit and you are the obstacle in those talks,” he questioned.
The FM further added, “If the nations want to achieve something from the SAARC forum they need to move forward.”
“To move forward, the next meeting has to be set. Only one nation is hampering the progress and success of SAARC in the region,” he expressed his disappointment.
Furthermore, the foreign minister stated, “India talks about SAARC and what the platform can achieve, however, there has been no substantial result yet and their behavior is contrary to SAARC objectives. Pakistan wants to see SAARC succeed in the region.”
Before the session, when Swaraj was asked if current issues between Pakistan and India will affect SAARC, she brushed off the question and said, “I do not want any fights.”
Sri Lankan foreign minister also commented on the situation between the two countries and said, “If two countries are fighting we have been asked to mediate.”
Meanwhile, the Nepali foreign minister said he will speak after the session.
FM Qureshi is currently visiting New York for the 73rd session of the UNGA.