Bangladesh has decided not to attend a conference of a regional grouping of eight South Asian nations slated to be held in the Pakistani in November, as regional tensions has disrupted the gathering further.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, revealed the decision on Wednesday, a day after India pulled out of the 19th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
Tensions between India and Pakistan were heightened this month by a deadly attack on an Indian army base in the disputed Kashmir region, which Delhi blamed on Pakistan.
Head of the governments or states from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka were scheduled to meet in the two-day summit for November 9 to 10 in Islamabad.
“We have conveyed our decision to SAARC chairman Nepal that we are not attending the 19th SAARC summit.
“We have cited that repeated interference on Bangladesh’s domestic affairs by a country that had vitiated the atmosphere of holding such a conference,’’ the junior minister told newsmen.
The minister, referring to the Pakistan’s remarks after the recent executions of 1971 war crimes convicts in Dhaka, said Bangladesh’s decision not to join the summit had no relation with any other country’s decision.
“Bangladesh will join the SAARC summit once the situation improves,’’ he added. (dpa/NAN)