Track 2 diplomacy in Nepal to discuss ways to prevent Pak roadblock to SAARC trade

| Updated: Jul 15, 2016 19:07 IST

Kathmandu, July 15 (ANI): South Asian nations holding a Track 2 diplomacy meeting in Nepal will discuss ways to prevent Pakistan from becoming a roadblock for the regional trade, specifically for India. The South Asian countries, mainly SAARC nations, are holding a two day Track 2 Diplomacy meeting in Kathmandu which kicks off on Friday. During the meet, security and economic issues of the South Asian region will be discussed by the participating members. According to the sources participating in the diplomacy meet, SAARC nations would discuss on ways to not allow Pakistan become a hurdle for South Asian trade, specifically for India as Islamabad has already created a huge roadblock and prevented the establishment of direct connectivity between New Delhi and Afghanistan. Despite having potential, the trade in the South Asian region is affected due to security issues like terrorism. Track 2 will also put effort to bring along Pakistan for the development process, if it is willing to do so. Else, they will figure out ways to make sure that Islamabad does not become a roadblock for others. India will also take part in the Track 2 meet, which is being coordinated by the European Organisation FES. The meet is important for India to boost its trade lines with other South Asian countries considering the constant road blocks created by Pakistan. India holds 90 percent of the total economy of South Asia and has the potential to lead the region in terms of economy. Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relation will put forward some points tomorrow in Kathmandu, to explore solutions of economic and security issues. SAARC nations will also discuss security and economic challenges and propose solutions for the same. (ANI)