The attitude of only one country is hampering the spirit of the SAARC, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Thursday as he accused India of being an obstacle in regional cooperation. Qureshi’s comments after he participated in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation council of foreign ministers meet here on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also attended the meeting but left early.
Qureshi said he did not talk to his Indian counterpart. “She left the meeting midway. Maybe she was not feeling well,” he told reporters after the meeting. “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. Qureshi said of the nations want to achieve something from the SAARC forum they need to move forward.