In a dramatic development that marks a thaw in India Pakistan relations, the National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan held talks secretly in Bangkok on a wide gamut of bilateral ties including terrorism and Jammu and Kashmir, and agreed to take forward the “constructive” engagement.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Nasir Janjua also discussed peace and security and other issues including tranquility along the LoC. According to media reports the meetings of the two NSAs was given a go ahead in Paris by the two Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif. who had incidentally met for a while in Paris for the Climate Change Summit
After the talks, the two sides issued a joint press statement which said, “Pursuant to the meeting of the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan in Paris, the NSAs, accompanied by the Foreign Secretaries, met in Bangkok .“Discussions were held in a candid, cordial and constructive atmosphere. They were guided by the vision of the two leaders for a peaceful stable and prosperous South Asia.“Discussions covered peace and security, terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir, and other issues, including tranquility along the LoC. It was agreed to carry forward the constructive engagement.”
Both the NSAs agreed to carry forward the constructive engagement. Spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs Vikas Swarup tweeted the official press release issued by the two NSAs.
The meeting is a major breakthrough given that the two sides had engaged in mutual blame game earlier in September this year resulting in cancellation of the NSA—level talks and stalling the interaction process as was agreed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in July in Russian city of Ufa.
The two Prime Ministers had a brief but close chat on November 30 in Paris where they had gone to attend the climate summit.
The Bangkok meeting also paves the way for a visit by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Islamabad this week to attend a multilateral conference on Afghanistan.
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