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MEA confirms India, Pakistan NSAs met last month, 'talked terror'

India gets tough says talks and terror don't go together MEA confirms India, Pakistan NSAs met last month, 'talked terror'
Noah Ferguson | 11 January, 2018, 19:55

The Indian External Affairs Ministry said that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met his Pakistani counterpart Nasir Khan Janjua in Bangkok in December previous year, confirming to media reports about such talks.

"I am agreeing that talks took place and our issue was eliminating terrorism from the region".

Raveesh Kumar, the spoksperson of the Ministry of External Afairs, told reporters that the focus of the "operational-level talks" was "cross-border terror" and ways to ensure the elimination of terrorism from the region. I also agree that the issue is of terrorism. But apart from that, there are other dialogue mechanisms that take place between India and Pakistan like talks at DGMO level, talks between BSF and Pakistan Rangers, there is a regular mechanism.

"Similarly, the NSA-level engagement is part of operational-level talks".

During an interaction between the National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan, India made it clear that terror and talks cannot go together but talks on terror can go ahead, media reports said.

India and Pakistan have fought at least three major wars over the disputed territory of Kashmir, which both countries claim in full. "Doval's tone and tenor was friendly and positive", the report quoted a Pakistani official who had been briefed about the meeting. According to the Pakistani official, the meeting came a day after Indian death-row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav met with his family on December 25 in Islamabad.

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