India, Pakistan held NSA-level talks focussing on cross-border terrorism: MEA

13 January, 2018, 01:04 | Author: Phil Peters
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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.

"The spokesperson stated that Doval and Janjua also dwelled upon on how terrorism" terrorism should not affect "this region" in their "operational-level talks". "We, of course, raised the issue of cross-border terrorism in those discussions".

"The global body then asked Pakistan to report in February (this year) on actions taken by Islamabad against terror outfits, as per the report". Following this, the FATF will discuss Islamabad's attempts to counter terrorist financing, said the ET report.

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

The confirmation is significant as the MEA had maintained silence on the talks between Indian NSA Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Lt. Gen. Nasir Jannjua that were reported in the Pakistani and the Indian media last month.

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"Similarly, the NSA-level engagement is part of operational-level talks".

Kumar also sought to draw a distinction between the composite dialogue process and operational mechanisms.

The Indian Express had also reported that Pakistan has maintained high-level diplomatic contacts with the Indian establishment, even as New Delhi has maintained the rhetoric that terror and talks can not go together. Janjua is believed to have raised the issue of unrest in Kashmir, besides alleged targeting of civilians in villages along the LoC in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

It was not the first meeting between the two NSAs in a third country. The meeting took place days after the visit to Pakistan by the kin of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav.

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