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SAARC has not lived up to its potential, a top White House official has said adding that they regretted that the regional summit has to be postponed after most of the member countries pulled out of it.

"It is regrettable that the SAARC meeting could not be held this year," Peter Lavoy, Senior Director for South Asia at the National Security Council (NSC), White House told a Washington audience in response to a question at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

"In fact SAARC has not lived up to the potential of other regional groupings like ASEAN. That grouping has countries with similar frictions, similar boarder disputes, ethnic concerns and other problems at the time ASEAN was created," he said. But SAARC has not been able to provide that platform, which has negative effect on the relationships, Lavoy said when asked about America's relationship between India and Pakistan.

"I think, the bottom line is we do not try to balance this relationship," he said, adding that the Obama Administration has been focused on deepening and broadening its relationship with India.

"We wish that were to be the case with Pakistan. We work very hard with Pakistan to turn that into a productive mutually beneficial relationship. I am sure the next administration would continue with these tendencies," Lavoy said.

Following the attack in Uri in which 19 soldiers were killed, India decided not to participate in the SAARC Summit that was scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November.  (PTI)

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  • SL Friday, 14 October 2016 11:12 AM

    let alone SAARC,(SHARK) ,the UN commission lead by supper power is a total failure now

    Mason Friday, 14 October 2016 11:21 AM

    The USA should be the last person to comment on SAARC. Having been interfering in activities of other countries and destablising them with murder and mayhem, they do not have a clean record. Please confine yourself to affairs in your country.

    Cheers Friday, 14 October 2016 06:42 AM

    As if USA have like Guantanamo prison Obama has mumbled many times and now going without any action

    Ajja Friday, 14 October 2016 08:14 AM

    If Pakistan had the lending power like US,India and the rest of the countries would have never boycotted and instead have gone there with the begging bowl....See America is committing all crimes around the world but still leaders go to New York to get fame and begging.That is the truth nothing but the truth....


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