Talks on terror can go ahead, says MEA as it confirms India, Pak NSAs meet in Bangkok

MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "Talks and terror cannot go together but talks on terror can go ahead. I am agreeing that talks took place & our issue was eliminating terrorism from the region, we, of course, raised the issue of cross-border terrorism in those talks."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 11, 2018 6:48 pm
MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar addressing a press conference said in the December 26 meeting, the focus of talks between the two countries was on cross-border terror. (Source: ANI photo)

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday confirmed that the National Security Advisors (NSAs) of both India and Pakistan met in Thailand’s capital Bangkok on December 26, reported PTI. The Indian Express had first reported about the meeting between the two countries’ NSAs in Bangkok on December 26 last year.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the focus of talks between India and Pakistan was on cross-border terror in the December 26 meeting. He also added: “Talks and terror cannot go together but talks on terror can go ahead. I am agreeing that talks took place & our issue was eliminating terrorism from the region, we, of course, raised the issue of cross-border terrorism in those talks.”

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A day after the mother and wife of retired Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav met him in Islamabad, the NSAs of India and Pakistan met for talks in Bangkok. Sources had told The Indian Express that the December 26 meeting between Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Lt General Nasir Khan Janjua (retd) took place at a ‘neutral venue’ in the Thai capital.

The venue and date of the meeting were not linked to Pakistan’s treatment of Jadhav’s wife and mother. It had been decided between the two sides in December, and it was, as sources described it, a “pre-scheduled meeting”.

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Besides the offices of the NSA, sources indicated that the top hierarchy of the foreign ministries of the two countries was also in the loop about the meeting. As Pakistan’s NSA is a retired Lt General, Rawalpindi-based General Headquarters (GHQ) of the Pakistan Army was also kept informed of Tuesday’s meeting between the two NSAs.

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  1. Khush Sahasi
    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:33 pm
    if it is OK then why surreptiously go to Bangkok on Government expenditure enjoy there while taking on terror. why can not both NSA either in India or Pakistan talk will much less expenditure? It is BJP government's double standard. Flip Flop policy. Modi talk tough in "man ki baat" or at rallies, but in reality meekly engage behind the door. Kashmir Policy is total failure.
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    1. Indian Singh
      Jan 11, 2018 at 8:35 pm
      TALKS AND TERROR and TALKS ON TERROR cannot go on together with KI-LLING of INDIAN SOLDIERS by PA-KIS. .... 70 YEARS of TALKS by NEHRU, SHASTRI, INDIRA, MORARJEE, RAJIV, VP SINGH, CHANDRASHEKHAR, RAO, GOWDA, GUJRAL, VAJPAYEE and MANMOHAN through TRACK ONE to TRACK "Nth" Channel with PA-KIS has FAILED to produce any result from 1948 to 2018. In fact Violence sponsored by PA-KIS increased in these 70 years ... NO RESULT will COME OUT of TALKS with PA-KIS irrespective of the TALKS being held in Thailand, Sharm-el-Sheik, Lahore, Islamabad, Shimla, Tashkent, Delhi or anywhere else in the world. .......... INDIA MUST IGNORE PA-KIS for 25 YEARS from 1-4-2018 to 31-3-2043- CUT OFF all Contact with PA-KIS- STOP all VISA, BUS, TRAIN, PLANE, TRUCK, BUSINESS, BILATERAL SPORTS INCLUDING CRICKET, BOLLYWOOD, MUSIC etc and just return DOUBLE the BORDER FIRING done by PA-KIS and knock off PA-KI JIHADIS for those 25 years. .......... Recommence TALKS from 1-4-2043 and may be something can be achieved.
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      1. Ramakrishna Tumuluri
        Jan 11, 2018 at 7:57 pm
        From the day Islam was born the World lost its Peace-----No talks worked. utmost cruelty in war--for Islam has ONE Goal Islam sway must cover all the areas of the World. Many thought that Par ion OF THE SUB CONTINENT will establish peace in the sub continent see what people got for 70 years--Had there be no division the quarrel would have required at best Police action but now Nuclear Weapons will have to be used Talk and talk to a Psychiartic person can you make return to normal what can not be cured must be endured !
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        1. Ramalingan Narayanan
          Jan 11, 2018 at 7:40 pm
          ,BJP CAN SAY ANYTHING OR DO ANYTHING THESE PEOPLE OBJECTED TI MMS VISIT TO PAKUSTAN BUT THEY THEMSELVE VISUTED WITHOUT INVITE TO HAVE BURIYANI.THESE PEOPLE OBJECTED TO TALJ BY SAYING TALK AND TERRIR CANNOT GI ON BUT NIW ALL THING IS OK TERROR ATTACK US OK WE TALK WHAT A U TURN POWER IT IS A PARTY AND IN OPO IT US UKTS OARTY THAT IS EHY MIST OF THE PUBKUC CALL ITVA UTURN GOVERMENT.
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          1. Sideon Sid
            Jan 11, 2018 at 7:31 pm
            On May 18th 2014 , Sepoy Bhikale Uttam Balu died trying to rescue his fellow soldier, Vinod Kumar,who was injured in a landmine blast. The landmine was planted by terrorists who ran towards a Pakistani post when Indian troops fired at them. Pakistanis opened fire and wounded three soldiers. One of them, Sepoy Bhikale Uttam Balu, later died. Next day , the new Prime Minister , Modi invited Nawaz sharif to attend his g swearing-in ceremony . sanghi 𝐂𝐨𝐰𝐓𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬 don't have any problem if a member or supporter of BJP/RSS talks with pakistanis . They only have a problem with everyone else.
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