"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.
MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "I am agreeing that talks took place".
A day after the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav met him in Islamabad, Indian National Security Advisors Ajit Doval and is Pakistani counterpart Lt General Nasir Khan Janjua (retired) reportedly met for secret talks in Thailand capital Bangkok on December 26, 2017.
Modi also visited Pakistan in a surprise stopover on 25 December, 2015, on his way back from Russian Federation and Afghanistan. Talks take place at the DGMO level.
He said India has been maintaining that terror and talks cannot go together, but talks on terror can definitely go ahead. During the NSA level talks, India reiterated Pakistan that terrorism and talks can not go together and raised the issue of cross-border firing, the MEA said.
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In the past four-and-a-half months, new Pakistan High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood has met the top Indian leadership - External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.
The two women were humiliated and harassed by Pakistani diplomats and the media.
At the political level, India has maintained that there can not be Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue with Pakistan, after the Pathankot airbase terror attack.
It was not the first meeting between the two NSAs in a third country.
India accuses Pakistan-based groups of orchestrating several terror attacks on its soil, especially in the conflict-ridden Kashmir valley. They added Doval's tone and tenor was friendly and positive and the interaction might help in restarting some sort of engagement at the diplomatic level. That was followed, within days, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surprise stopover in Lahore, to wish Sharif on his birthday on December 25.