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India offers any date for Saarc
Soldier outside Saarc venue in Dhaka, Bangladesh
This year's Saarc meeting has been postponed twice
India says it is willing to accept any dates proposed by Bangladesh to host the summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc).

The meeting has twice been postponed, once because of the tsunami and once because of the royal coup in Nepal.

Foreign Minister Natwar Singh made the offer in talks in Indonesia with his Bangladeshi counterpart Morshed Khan on Saturday, the foreign ministry said.

India says it would accept any new dates agreeable to other members.

This year's SAARC summit was originally scheduled to be held in January but was put off due the tsunami.

It was postponed again in February when India refused to attend the meeting in Dhaka in protest against the seizure of power by King Gyanendra of Nepal and because of what it called the worsening security situation in Bangladesh.

At that time the Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shamsher Chowdhury said his country was "shocked and dismayed at the unwarranted and unexpected decision" of India not to attend.

The South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (Saarc) charter requires all heads of member nations to attend its annual conference.

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