SAARC to summit
FROM ISSUE #153 (11 JULY 2003 - 17 JULY 2003) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Foreign secretaries of SAARC member nations finally agreed in Kathmandu on dates for the 12th Summit of their leaders in Islamabad 4-6 January, 2004. The summit was to have taken place earlier this year, but was postponed because of bilateral tensions between India and Pakistan. But a recent thaw allowed officials from the two countries to agree on the summit. All eyes were on Pakistani foreign secretary Riaz Khokhar and his Indian counterpart, Kanwal Sibal, but the two did not have any official one-on-ones in Kathmandu. Sibal will have time for a meeting with Nepal on Friday. SAARC doesn't allow bilateral issues to be raised, but tensions between India and Pakistan have been a chronic curse for SAARC.