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India, Pakistan held NSA-level talks in Thailand in December: MEA

India, Pakistan held NSA-level talks in Thailand in December: MEA

"W, of course, raised the issue of cross-border terrorism in those talks", MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told reporters.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday confirmed that National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan held bilateral talks last month.

The statement by India comes days after media reports that NSAs Ajit Doval and retired Lt Gen Nasser Khan Janjua held a "secret" meeting in Thailand on December 27. We have said talks and terror can not go together.

In December 2015 also, the two NSAs, along with the two foreign secretaries, had met in Bangkok, which was not revealed by both the countries till after the meeting.

Clearing the air on the NSA talks, Raveesh said the NSA talks were part of the various mechanisms established between India and Pakistan to talk about specific issues. Besides that, there are several other dialogue mechanisms between India and Pakistan. During the NSA level talks, India reiterated Pakistan that terrorism and talks can not go together and raised the issue of cross-border firing, the MEA said. We have said talks and terror can not go together. Dates are decided well in advance.

Kumar also stated that these operational-level mechanisms do take place.

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He maintained that the real issue discussed was "cross border terrorism" from Pakistan that targets India.

Quoting a Pakistani official, Times of India reported that the meeting had come a day after Indian death-row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav met with his family on 25 December in Islamabad.

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

The meeting between the two NSAs was in line with the understanding reached between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in November 2015, on the sidelines of the Climate Change summit in Paris, that "contacts need to be maintained".

In fact, the two NSAs spoke shortly after the Pathankot attack in January 2016.

Modi also visited Pakistan in a surprise stopover on 25 December, 2015, on his way back from Russian Federation and Afghanistan.


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