New Delhi, Oct 13 : National Security Adviser M K Narayanan met his Pakistani counterpart Mahmud Ali Durrani here today.
According to sources, issues like the spate of recent ceasefire violations, rise in cross border infiltration and Indian Embassy bombing in Kabul has gained further significance during the meeting.
Durrani, who shares a very good rapport with top Indian officials, after his arrival said, his aim in coming to New Delhi was to strengthen the bonds of friendship between India and Pakistan.
The joint decision of calling this meeting was taken by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari at New York last month.
His visit would be focus on strengthening anti-terror cooperation between the two countries and making the Joint Anti-Terrorism Mechanism (JATM) forum effective.
The JATM was established by the two countries a few years ago for exchange of information and assisting each other in investigations of incidents of terrorism.
Durrani is likely to call on Manmohan Singh, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and BJP president Rajnath Singh.
Durrani arrived here on Saturday on a five-day visit with an agenda focused on promoting friendship between the two countries.
The foreign secretaries of the two countries are also to meet in Islamabad for the fifth round of the composite dialogue.
Durani who is handpicked by the newly elected democratic government of Pakistan was ambassador to the United States during Musharraf's regime.
His visit assumes significance as it is coming in the backdrop of deadly terror strikes in both the countries.