US expects productive SAARC summit after Pakistan move, Istanbul moot

November 9, 2011 10:38 pm 

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 — The United States expects a productive SAARC Summit this week as the meeting follows Pakistan’s move to bolster trade with its eastern neighbor India and South and Central Asian countries’ positive approach to the idea of New Silk Road passing through Pakistan and its western neighbor Afghanistan. Washington has observer status at the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, which seeks collective benefits for over one-fifth of humanity living in eight member countries through mutual cooperation but since its inception in mid-1980s the potential for such cooperation remains overshadowed by rivalries between regional powers Pakistan and India, mainly over Kashmir dispute.

State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland hoped that improved regional environment would help this year’s summit in Maldives from November 10 to 11. According to SAARC, the 17th summit this year take place with the theme of “Building Bridges.” (PNA/APP)



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