Pakistan's decision to call off NSA talks 'unfortunate': India

Written by: IANS
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New Delhi, Aug 23: India said on Saturday that Pakistan's decision that NSA talks cannot be held is unfortunate and that "India did not set any preconditions".

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted: "We only reiterated that Pakistan respect the spirit of the Simla & Ufa Agreements to which it was already committed."

Pak's decision unfortunate: India

Without saying so in as many words, Pakistan on Saturday decided to call off the NSA talks with India, saying it has "come to the conclusion that the NSA talks would not serve any purpose if conducted on the basis of the two conditions" laid down by India.

Ending uncertainty over the talks, scheduled to be held between the National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan -- Ajit Doval and Sartaj Aziz -- on August 23-24, the Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement that talks held on the two conditions laid down by India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj would not serve any purpose.

It accused the Indian minister of "restricting the agenda" of the talks to only two items: creating an atmosphere free from terrorism and tranquillity on the Line of Control.

It said terrorism was always simultaneously discussed with other issues according to their composite dialogue.

"It is not reasonable for India to now assume the right to decide unilaterally that from now onwards, other issues will be discussed after terrorism has been discussed and eliminated."


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