NSA Doval met Pak counterpart in Thailand: MEA

Marie Harrington
January 13, 2018

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "I am agreeing that talks took place".

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told mediapersons that elimination of terror from the region was the top agenda of the meeting between Ajit Doval and Lt Gen Nasser Khan Janjua. 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. The spokesperson, however, made it clear that this should not be construed as dilution of India's position that talks and terror can not go together.

National security advisors of India and Pakistan held a "secret" meeting in Thailand, a senior Pakistani official said on January 1.

The news of the meeting, reported by an Indian newspaper and confirmed by a member of Pakistan's National Security Council, had left the Narendra Modi government red-faced as it came in the middle of a war of words over the way Islamabad had treated death-row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife.

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The two women were humiliated and harassed by Pakistani diplomats and the media.

The meeting is learnt to have taken place in Bangkok on December 26. CBD was launched by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during her visit to Islamabad on 9 December 2015. However, the two countries hold regular meetings and talks between the Director Generals of Military Operations, Director Generals of Border Security Force-Pakistan Rangers, Indus Water Commissioners and the NSAs.

Kumar reaffirmed India's stand that terror and talks can not go together.

Nevertheless, the talks indicate that New Delhi - while realising the reality of the Pakistan Army and ISI actively sponsoring terror in India - are also in favour of continuing some sort of engagement quietly with Pakistan.

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