India, Pakistan held NSA-level talks in Thailand in December: MEA

India confirms NSAs met in Bangkok

FATF is an inter-governmental body established with an objective to set standards and promote effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. "We have said earlier that talks and terror cannot go together but "talks on terror" can definitely go ahead", Mr. Kumar said, acknowledging that the NSA-level parleys are part of the "operational-level talks" that take place between India and Pakistan, despite the breakdown in the Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue (CBD) that was launched in December 2015.

Bilateral talks between the nuclear-armed neighbours are on the back-burner, with tensions running high over territorial issues and terrorism.

"The global body then asked Pakistan to report in February (this year) on actions taken by Islamabad against terror outfits, as per the report".

While Pakistan termed its decision to allow Jadhav's family to travel to Islamabad to meet him in December as a humanitarian gesture, India said the neighbour violated mutual understandings, asserting that the Indian national appeared coerced and under considerable stress during the tightly controlled interaction.

"We of course raised the issue of cross-border terrorism in those talks", added the MEA spokesperson.

"I am agreeing that talks took place and our issue was eliminating terrorism from the region".

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The Spokesperson said that the NSA-level metings were part of an "operational-level dialogue" similar to the talks that are held between the DGMOs of both sides and between the border forces of two countries.

He further said, "We have said terror and talks cannot go together but terror can definitely go ahead".

The two women were humiliated and harassed by Pakistani diplomats and the media. "Some of these meetings are pre-determined".

The composite dialogue process has been stalled since August 2014 when India called off foreign secretary-level talks.

In fact, the two NSAs spoke shortly after the Pathankot attack in January 2016. That was followed, within days, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surprise stopover in Lahore, to wish Sharif on his birthday on December 25.

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