SAARC summit can make advance relationships: US
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 09, 2011, 11:19
Washington: The US expressed hoped that the SAARC summit in Maldives will further help in advancing the relationship and environment in the region, as reflected by the Istanbul conference and Pakistan's decision to grant most favoured nation status to India.

"We very much hope that the improved atmosphere going into this meeting will carry over into the meeting itself," State Department spokesperson, Victoria Nuland told reporters.

"We have progress between India and Pakistan heading towards most favored nation status," she said referring to the recent decision in this regard by the Pakistani Cabinet.

"We had just the Istanbul round of meetings where all of the neighbours of Afghanistan supported its sovereignty, territorial integrity, security, and pledged to work together to improve economic relations," she said.

"So we are hoping that SAARC can make some further advances along those positive lines," Nuland said in response to a question.

The Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Robert Blake, would represent the US at the SAARC summit.

The United States has observer's status at the SAARC.


First Published: Wednesday, November 09, 2011, 11:19

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