New York, Sept 27 (PTI) The attitude of only one country is hampering the spirit of the SAARC, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Thursday as he accused India of being an obstacle in regional cooperation. Also Read - ‘Small Action, Big Message’: Javadekar, Nadda Laud People For Lighting Lamps at 9 PM

Qureshi’s comments after he participated in the the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation council of foreign ministers meet here on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session. Also Read - Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Mary Kom Participate in Lights Off Challenge as Sporting Fraternity Unite in Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic by Lighting Candles, Lamps

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also attended the meeting but left early. Also Read - After Urging Nation, PM Modi Lights up Lamp to Ramp up Collective Fight Against COVID-19

Qureshi said he did not talk to his Indian counterpart. “She left the meeting mid way. May be she was not feeling well,” he told reporters after the meeting.

“She (Swaraj) talked about regional cooperation. My question is that how is regional cooperation possible if the nations in the region are ready to sit and you are the obstacle in those talks,” he said.

Qureshi said of the nations want to achieve something from the SAARC forum they need to move forward.

“I am not hesitating in saying that for the progress and success of the SAARC and for the connectivity and prosperity of the region, there is only one obstacle. The attitude of only one country is hampering and not letting the spirit of the SAARC and of the founding fathers fulfilled,” he said.

The remarks came days after cancellation of proposed talks between Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan by New Delhi.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.