According to Pakistan’s Foreign Office, Khan made the remarks during his meeting with SAARC Secretary General Esala Ruwan Veerakoon. Virakoon paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister here.
The Foreign Office said, “The Prime Minister expressed his hope to host the SAARC Summit in Pakistan once the artificial barrier created in its path is removed.” SAARC Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, A regional grouping of Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Since 2016 it has not been very effective as this biennial summit has not been held since 2014 in Kathmandu. Originally, the 2016 SAARC summit was scheduled to be held in Islamabad on November 15-19, 2016. But after the terrorist attack on an Indian Army camp in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir on 18 September that year, India expressed its inability to attend the summit due to “existing circumstances”.
The summit was postponed after Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan also refused to attend the meeting in Islamabad.
During his meeting with Virakoon, Khan reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to working towards the goals of mutual interest and the objectives enshrined in the SAARC Declaration.