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Afghanistan in SAARC


With uncertainty hanging over the international representation of Afghanistan under the Taliban, a question has risen over its membership in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), which is scheduled to meet next in Islamabad.

  • The fate of Afghanistan’s membership, and even the future of SAARC to some extent, depends on the Taliban creating an inclusive government.
  • SAARC comprises of eight Member States: (1) Afghanistan, (2) Bangladesh, (3) Bhutan, (4) India, (5) Maldives, (6) Nepal, (7) Pakistan and (8) Sri Lanka.
  • Afghanistan was admitted into the SAARC as the eighth member in 2007 when the country was led by President Hamid Karzai.