Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

MEA confirms India, Pak NSAs met in Thailand to discuss terror

MEA confirms India, Pak NSAs met in Thailand to discuss terror

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.

Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said that the engagement was not contrary to India's stated position that talks with Pakistan could not continue as long as Islamabad supported anti-India terrorist groups.

India for the first time confirmed January 11 that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval held talks with his Pakistani counterpart Nasir Khan Janjua in Bangkok last month with a focus on how to fight terror and end cross-border terrorism.

Asserting that talks on terror with Pakistan can definitely go ahead, provided it denounces terror, the Ministry of External Affairs today confirmed that an NSA level talks between the two nations took place last month.

The Indian Express had first reported the meeting between the two NSAs, held at a "neutral venue" in Bangkok on December 26.

Asked if more such meetings between the NSAs were scheduled, Kumar said "these operational-level mechanisms do take place. but we don't announce these meeting". Besides that, there are several other dialogue mechanisms between India and Pakistan. "I agree that talks took place and our issue was eliminating terrorism from the region". "Some of these meetings are pre-determined. It is not to do with anything which is happening at that point of time", he said.

When this question was posed to Kumar at the regular MEA briefing, the spokesperson said dates of such meetings are fixed days in advance.

Though China had tried to be a roadblock and to shield Pakistan on the issue, the support of several nations including the United States and Russia, India could succeed to convince FATF.

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".

The two women had on December 25 met the former Indian naval officer who Pakistan says is a spy - an allegation India denies - from across a glass screen.

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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