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NSA Ajit Doval met Pakistani counterpart in Thailand: MEA

NSA Ajit Doval met Pakistani counterpart in Thailand: MEA

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. The external affairs ministry said: "The focus of the talks was on terror, cross-border terrorism".

The main topics of the talks were security and cross-border terrorism, the spokesperson pointed out.

"The global body then asked Pakistan to report in February (this year) on actions taken by Islamabad against terror outfits, as per the report".

In the past four-and-a-half months, new Pakistan High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood has met the top Indian leadership - External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar. Following this, the FATF will discuss Islamabad's attempts to counter terrorist financing, said the ET report. "I agree that talks took place", MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told reporters at a press conference.




On December 31 the newspaper The Indian Express revealed the meeting between Doval and Janjua. While our position remains that terror and talks cannot go together, we believe talks on terror can definitely go ahead.

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

The MEA said the talks were part of "operational-level talks". The very fact that the two NSAs had to meet in Bangkok bears testimony to this. Dawn online had quoted a senior National Security Division official as saying that the objective of the meeting was to avoid serious missteps over the visit of Kulbhushan Jadhav's family to Pakistan. 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.


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