SAARC has suffered due to ‘one nation’: V K Singh

NEW DELHI: Flagging the issue of cross-border terrorism from Pakistan, India on Friday said the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has “suffered” because of “one nation” that continues to give problems.

            Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh, during his address at the annual session of the PHD Chamber of Commerce here, also asserted that a “greater engagement” with China is happening, as one cannot stay in a “state of perpetual enmity or seeming enmity”.

            “The SAARC has suffered because of one nation, and that nation continues to give problems… You cannot indulge in terror against countries with whom you want to take the grouping forward,” he said in a veiled reference to Pakistan.

            “Therefore, the SAARC has suffered despite the secretariat being there, and all the mechanisms existing. Because of this one nation, with whom a couple of other nations cannot get together. Therefore, it will take a little time to even out, to look at it,” Singh said. (AGENCIES)