India open to NSA-level talks as decided in Ufa: MEA spokesperson

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Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup on 23 October said the Union government stated the promises made by Pakistan in United States will be delivered soon.

“We have also read Pakistan’s assurances to India on terrorism and hope they deliver,” he added. “The US-Pakistan joint statement gives much space to terrorism. This is so because terrorism comes to one’s mind naturally when talking about Pakistan,” added Swarup.

Stating that the ministry was open to NSA-level talks as decided in Ufa, the MEA 24 hours after Nawaz Sharif said that he would take action against UN-designated terrorist groups and entities. These include Lashkar-e-Toiba and affiliates.

The commitment was given at the end of a meeting between US President Barack Obama and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif. Earlier, Pakistan induced United States to pressurise India for talks, including on border issues

“India has always desired resolution of bilateral issues peacefully, but Pakistan decides to use terrorism as a tool of state policy,” sadi Swarup. “Anyway who is appointed by Pakistan as the National Security Advisor (NSA) is their internal matter. We are open to NSA level talks as decided in Ufa,” said the MEA.

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