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

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

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.

Responding to questions at the weekly briefing, the Ministry of External Affairs' official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Thursday, "India and Pakistan have a dialogue process and we have said terror and talks can not go together".

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday confirmed the meeting held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi's National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Lt General (retd.) Nasir Khan Janjua in Bangkok.

The Spokesperson said that the NSA-level metings were part of an "operational-level dialogue" similar to the talks that are held between the DGMOs of both sides and between the border forces of two countries.

At the political level, India has maintained that there can not be Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue with Pakistan, after the Pathankot airbase terror attack.

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"Our issue was eliminating terrorism from the region", Kumar said. "Talks and terror cannot go together but talks on terror can go ahead", externalaffairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said. Dates are decided well in advance.

Asked if more such meetings between the NSAs were scheduled, Mr Kumar said "these operational-level mechanisms do take place... but we don't announce these meeting". Following this, the FATF will discuss Islamabad's attempts to counter terrorist financing, said the ET report.

During the meeting, Janjua reported raised the issue of targeting of civilians along the Line of Control while Doval spoke of infiltration.

India accuses Pakistan-based groups of orchestrating several terror attacks on its soil, especially in the conflict-ridden Kashmir valley. In December 2015, the two NSAs, along with the two foreign secretaries, had met, again in Bangkok, which was not revealed till after the meeting.

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

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