Nepal ready to ‘mediate’ between India, Pak at SAARC summit

Kathmandu, Nov 24: Nepal is ready to "mediate" between India and Pakistan to break the deadlock in their ties by bringing the leaders of the two countries together during the SAARC Summit, Foreign...

Kathmandu, Nov 24: Nepal is ready to "mediate" between India and Pakistan to break the deadlock in their ties by bringing the leaders of the two countries together during the SAARC Summit, Foreign Minister Mahendra Pandey today said.
"Nepal could mediate between India and Pakistan on the sidelines of the Summit," Pandey said during a talk show on News 24 channel.
"The Prime Ministers of both the countries were in favour of improving the deteriorating relations and Nepal will take the initiative," said the foreign minister of the host country.
As part of a tradition, the heads of state and government attending the SAARC Summit are taken for a retreat after the inauguration of the conference in order to create a conducive environment for bilateral meetings.
All SAARC leaders including from India and Pakistan are being invited for the retreat. Nepal is hosting the SAARC Summit after an interval of 12 years.
The country previously hosted the summit in 2002, when the then Prime Minister AtalBehari Vajpayee and former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf met in Kathmandu. PTI

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