NEW YORK: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi attended the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) council of foreign ministers meeting here on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session on Thursday.
India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj also attended the meeting. As the meeting ended, the Indian minister left quickly without answering a question from a reporter who asked about any possibility of her meeting with Pakistani counterpart.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Shah Mehmood Qureshi accused India of creating obstacle in regional cooperation. He said that the attitude of only one country is hampering the spirit of the SAARC.
Qureshi said he did not talk to his Indian counterpart.
“She (Swaraj) talked about regional cooperation. My question is that how is regional cooperation possible if the nations in the region are ready to sit and you are the obstacle in those talks,” he said.
“I am not hesitating in saying that for the progress and success of the SAARC and for the connectivity and prosperity of the region, there is only one obstacle. The attitude of only one country is hampering and not letting the spirit of the SAARC and of the founding fathers fulfilled,” he said.