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NSA Doval met Pak counterpart in Thailand, India welcomes 2 Koreas' talk: MEA

By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 11, Jan 2018, 20:42 pm IST | UPDATED: 11, Jan 2018, 20:49 pm IST

NSA Doval met Pak counterpart in Thailand, India welcomes 2 Koreas' talk: MEA New Delhi: India today said National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met his Pakistani counterpart Lt Gen Nasser Khan Janjua (retd) last month in Thailand, noting that "talks on terror" can go ahead.

Raveesh Kumar, the spoksperson of the Ministry of External Afairs, told reporters that the focus of the "operational-level talks" was "cross-border terror" and ways to ensure the elimination of terrorism from the region.

"India and Pakistan have a dialogue process and we have said terror and talks cannot go together. However, there are other dialogue mechanisms like at the DGMO level or between the BSF and Pakistan Rangers.

"Similarly, the NSA-level engagement is part of operational-level talks. We have said terror and talks cannot go together, but talks on terror can definitely go ahead," Kumar said.

The meeting between the two NSAs took place in Thailand nearly three weeks ago.

On the 2 Koreas MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, welcoming talks between North Korea and South Korea, said, any solution to the Korean Peninsula must address concerns about Pyongyang's proliferation linkages.

India also hoped that the engagement between the two countries would help reduce tensions and pave the way for peace in the peninsula.

"We hope that the engagement between the two sides will help in reducing tensions and pave the way for bringing lasting peace and reconciliation in the Korean Peninsula," external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told reporters.

The countries had two days ago held high-level talks at Panmunjom, a village located in the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, amid escalating tension in the region following a series of ballistic missile tests by North Korea. The missiles have the capability to strike the US mainland, according to Pyongyang.

The talks were the first high-level engagement between the two countries after December 2015.

"India supports efforts to bring about peace, stability, reconciliation, de-nuclearisation and reunification of the Korean peninsula through dialogue and diplomacy," Kumar said.

At the same time, he said any solution to the regional problem must also take into account and address concerns about the proliferation linkages of North Korea's nuclear and missile programme.

There were reports that North Korea had proliferation linkages with PakistanIndia today said any solution to the Korean Peninsula must address concerns about Pyongyang's proliferation linkages.

India also hoped that the engagement between the two countries would help reduce tensions and pave the way for peace in the peninsula.

"We hope that the engagement between the two sides will help in reducing tensions and pave the way for bringing lasting peace and reconciliation in the Korean Peninsula," external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told reporters.

The countries had two days ago held high-level talks at Panmunjom, a village located in the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, amid escalating tension in the region following a series of ballistic missile tests by North Korea. The missiles have the capability to strike the US mainland, according to Pyongyang.

The talks were the first high-level engagement between the two countries after December 2015.

"India supports efforts to bring about peace, stability, reconciliation, de-nuclearisation and reunification of the Korean peninsula through dialogue and diplomacy," Kumar said.

At the same time, he said any solution to the regional problem must also take into account and address concerns about the proliferation linkages of North Korea's nuclear and missile programme.

There were reports that North Korea had proliferation linkages with Pakistan.
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