SAARC must deal with terrorism, obstruction in trade and connectivity: Jaishankar

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New Delhi, Sep 24 (PTI) The SAARC must overcome three key challenges of cross-border terrorism, blocking of connectivity and obstruction in trade, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Thursday in clear criticism of Pakistan at a virtual meeting of the regional grouping. In his address at the SAARC foreign ministers informal meeting, Jaishankar also called for a collective resolve to defeat the scourge of terrorism, including the forces that nurture, support and encourage an environment of terror and conflict.

India has been strongly projecting Pakistan-sponsored terrorism as well as the neighbouring country's attempts to foil regional connectivity initiatives under the SAARC framework as a key hurdle for making the grouping a vibrant platform for regional prosperity. India has also been critical of Pakistan for not granting transit access for trade with Afghanistan.