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

India gets tough says talks and terror don't go together

We have said talks and terror can not go together.

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.

Efforts to revive the official dialogue process took place immediately after the Narendra Modi government came to office in 2014. Similarly, the NSA-level engagement is part of operational-level talks.

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In the Buenos Aires plenary in November 2017, FATF had reportedly demanded compliance from Pakistan on the issue of terror funding after India raised the issue of the neighboring country's blatant support to terrorists and terrorist groups.

"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", Kumar said. "We have said that terror and talks cannot go together, but talks on terror can definitely go ahead", Kumar said.

"This was a predetermined meeting and the date was decided in advance and it had nothing to do with things that were happening at that time", the Spokesperson said answering a question on whether the two NSAs discussed the issue of Mr Jadhav.

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The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said the national security advisors of India and Pakistan had held talks on December 26.

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. "Some of these meetings are pre-determined".

The stated position that "talks and terror" can not go together applies to the dialogue process but that does not close the other mechanisms for contact between the two countries, he said.

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The confirmation of the NSA-level engagement comes nearly two weeks after news reports said the two NSAs had met in Thailand. This was followed by a visit to Pakistan by foreign minister Sushma Swaraj for a conference on Afghanistan in December 2015. However, the mood for CBD is built up following similar NSA talks in 2015. "The meeting was good". They added Doval's tone and tenor was friendly and positive and the interaction might help in restarting some sort of engagement at the diplomatic level.

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