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Modi to skip regional summit in snub to Pakistan

NEW DELHI -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not attend a regional summit to be hosted by Pakistan, closing the door to what many had hoped would be an opportunity to help mend ties badly frayed by unrest in the disputed territory of Kashmir.

India's ministry of external affairs said Tuesday that Modi will not participate in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation meeting to be held in Islamabad in November. Though it did not mention Pakistan by name, it cited "increasing cross-border terrorist attacks in the region and growing interference in the internal affairs of member states by one country."

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