Pakistan wanted the Taliban to attend the SAARC meeting to represent Afghanistan

The South Asian Association of Regional Association (SAARC) meeting of foreign ministers of member nations was cancelled because Pakistan reportedly insisted on having the Taliban as Afghanistan’s delegates.

According to multiple reports, India and a few other member countries were against the proposal, and the meeting had to be called off due to a “lack of concurrence.” Most countries are yet to accept the new Taliban rule, including India, which has raised concerns about its government’s lack of inclusivity. The UN has placed a number of its top ministers on a no-fly list.

Pakistan is claimed to have accepted to an empty chair as a representative of the war-torn country at first but refused to allow any officials from the former Ashraf Ghani-led government to attend. It was then suggested that a Taliban member attend the event, which was set to take place this week on the fringes of the UN General Assembly session in New York. Disagreement arose soon after, and the bloc’s meeting was eventually called off. The negotiations were supposed to take place in Nepal.

The SAARC secretariat said in an official letter to the foreign ministries of the eight countries on Tuesday that it had received a note verbale or unsigned diplomatic correspondence from Nepal’s foreign ministry stating that the informal meeting of foreign ministers, which was scheduled to take place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 25, will not take place due to the “lack of concurrence” from all member states.

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