Kathmandu, Oct 2 :  SAARC Chair Nepal has said it will hold discussions with member-states and take “necessary” steps to hold the next summit, which was postponed after five countries, including India, pulled out citing an environment that was not right for the meeting’s success. Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat said Nepal would take necessary initiatives and hold discussions with member-states to press for holding the 19th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Summit. Also Read - Nepali Climbers Reach Kathmandu After Scaling K2 For 1st Time, Receive a Hero's Welcome

The 19th SAARC Summit was scheduled to take place in the Pakistani capital Islamabad from November 9 to 10, but was postponed on Friday following the pull-out by India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan indirectly blaming Pakistan for creating an environment which was not right for the success of the meet. Later Sri Lanka also pulled out of the summit. Citing continuous cross-border terrorism by Pakistan, India said last week that “in the prevailing circumstances, the Government of India is unable to participate in the proposed Summit in Islamabad.” Also Read: SAARC Summit 2016: Maldives wants conducive environment for eight-nation gathering Also Read - Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli Expelled From Ruling Communist Party Amid Political Unrest

Mahat said SAARC member-states must be sensitive towards organising the Summit by ensuring all members’ participation. “SAARC is an important forum for advancing regional cooperation and development,” the minister said yesterday after returning from the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA). Harmonious relations between the member-states would enhance utilisation of the association and encourage regional development, he said. SAARC member states include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Also Read - Nepal Plans to Create a Piece of Art Out of Trash Collected From Mount Everest