ISLAMABAD: Top Pakistani and Indian security advisers met in Bangkok on Sunday and discussed a wide range of issues including anti-terror cooperation, officials said in Islamabad.
The meeting of the National Security Advisers was held days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi briefly met on the sidelines of the Climate Change Conference in Paris.
Both sides had not issued any statement on the PMs meeting; however, Prime Minister Sharif had termed the meeting as “good’ and had insisted that “Doors of dialogue should open.”
The two security advisers met on the eve of a key regional conference in Islamabad that will discuss peace and security in the region. The Indian External Affairs Minister, Sushma Suraj will attend the ministerial conference of the Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process on December 8-9, Indian media has reported. Her participation is seen important that will help further lessen tensions between the uneasy and nuclear neighbours.
“Pursuant to the meeting of the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan in Paris, the National Security Advisers, accompanied by the Foreign Secretaries, met in Bangkok today,” the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad said.
“Discussions were held in a candid, cordial and constructive atmosphere and covered peace and security, terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir, and other issues, including tranquility along Line of Control,” it said.
Both sides agreed to carry forward the constructive engagement, the statement said, adding the NSAs were guided by the vision of the two leaders (PMs) for a peaceful, stable and prosperous South Asia.
The talks between the National Security Advisers of the two countries were canceled over a meeting of the Pakistani envoy to India with Kashmiri leaders in New Delhi in August. NNI