MEA confirms India-Pak NSA talks; says focus was on terror

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"India and Pakistan have a dialogue process.However, there are other dialogue mechanisms like at the DGMO level or between the BSF and Pakistan Rangers", Kumar said.

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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.

Modi also visited Pakistan in a surprise stopover on 25 December, 2015, on his way back from Russian Federation and Afghanistan.

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

He said the issue of cross-border terrorism was raised in the meeting.

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.

"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", he said. "Some of these meetings are pre-determined".

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". This is the second time in two years the two NSA met in Bangkok, the last time being in December 2015.

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

"The dialogue process between India and Pakistan. Likewise, talks between NSAs is a part of operational level talks". The MEA official made it clear that these mechanisms are not part of the structured CBD that was announced between the two countries during External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's visit to Islamabad in 2015.

Pakistani-based Dawn quoted officials as saying the meeting between the two NSAs as "good" and "useful".