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

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"I agree that talks took place", MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told reporters at a press conference.

"The spokesperson stated that Doval and Janjua also dwelled upon on how terrorism" terrorism should not affect "this region" in their "operational-level talks".

India on Thursday broke its radio silence on last month's NSA-level talks with Pakistan in Thailand but said this use of an "operational mechanism" for contact didn't in any way dilute New Delhi's stated position that "talks and terror" can't go together.

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

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

The two women were humiliated and harassed by Pakistani diplomats and the media. The meeting took place days after the visit to Pakistan by the kin of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav. Raveesh made it clear that the meeting date of the NSAs was pre-decided.

Also, observers feel that the views of the Pakistan NSA would indicate in some way what the Pakistan Army wants to be conveyed to India. MEA also confirmed an earlier report of a "secret meeting" between the NSAs of the two countries. The very fact that the two NSAs had to meet in Bangkok bears testimony to this. However, the mood for CBD is built up following similar NSA talks in 2015.

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. 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.