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MEA Confirms NSAs Of India, Pak Met In Thailand, 'Cross-Border Terror' Was On Agenda

"India and Pakistan have a dialogue process and we have said terror and talks cannot go togther."

MEA Confirms NSAs Of India, Pak Met In Thailand, 'Cross-Border Terror' Was On Agenda
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MEA Confirms NSAs Of India, Pak Met In Thailand, 'Cross-Border Terror' Was On Agenda
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2018-01-11T19:04:16+05:30

India today said National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met his Pakistani counterpart Lt Gen Nasser Khan Janjua (retd) last month in Thailand, noting that "talks on terror" can go ahead.

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.

"India and Pakistan have a dialogue process and we have said terror and talks cannot go togther. However, there are other dialogue mechanisms like at the DGMO level or between the BSF and Pakistan Rangers.

"Similarly, the NSA-level engagement is part of operational-level talks. We have said terror and talks cannot go together, but talks on terror can definitely go ahead," Kumar said.

The meeting between the two NSAs took place in Thailand nearly three weeks ago. “Talks and terror cannot go together but talks on terror can go ahead,” externalaffairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

“I am agreeing that talks took place and our issue was eliminating terrorism from the region. We of course raised the issue of cross-border terrorism in those talks,” he said.

Bilateral talks between the nuclear-armed neighbours are on the back-burner, with tensions running high over territorial issues and terrorism.

India accuses Pakistan-based groups of orchestrating several terror attacks on its soil, especially in the conflict-ridden Kashmir valley. Repeated ceasefire violations and casualties on both sides have added to the tension.

Ties hit another roadblock when New Delhi alleged that Pakistan disregarded cultural and religious sensibilities of family members of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was captured in March 2016 and has been sentenced to death by a military court.

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“Talks and terror cannot go together but talks on terror can go ahead,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

“I am agreeing that talks took place and our issue was eliminating terrorism from the region. We of course raised the issue of cross-border terrorism in those talks,” he said.

Bilateral talks between the nuclear-armed neighbours are on the back-burner, with tensions running high over territorial issues and terrorism.

 
 
 

India accuses Pakistan-based groups of orchestrating several terror attacks on its soil, especially in the conflict-ridden Kashmir valley. Repeated ceasefire violations and casualties on both sides have added to the tension.

Ties hit another roadblock when New Delhi alleged that Pakistan disregarded cultural and religious sensibilities of family members of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was captured in March 2016 and has been sentenced to death by a military court.

While Pakistan termed its decision to allow Jadhav’s family to travel to Islamabad to meet him in December as a humanitarian gesture, India said the neighbour violating mutual understandings, asserting that the Indian national appeared coerced and under considerable stress during the tightly — controlled interaction.

New Delhi says Jadhav was kidnapped in Iran where he had legitimate business interests, and brought to Pakistan. To save Jadhav, India moved the International Court of Justice, which ordered Pakistan in May to stay his execution.

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