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Talks with Pakistan cannot take place in an atmosphere of ‘continued terror’: India

The government is awaiting detailed information on the specifics of the Nagrota attack before it decides on the next steps, Swarup said.
Vikas Swarup, Indian Embassy, Turkey

In the wake of Nagrota attack, India has said that dialogue with Pakistan cannot take place in an atmosphere of “continued terror”, which it will never accept as “new normal” in the bilateral relationship.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the government is awaiting detailed information on the specifics of the Nagrota attack before it decides on the next steps.

Swarup said: “But I do wish to emphasise that the government takes this incident very seriously and will do what it feels is required for our national security.”

Asked if there would be bilateral talks on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia (HoA) Conference in Amritsar on December 3 and 4, he said, “We have not received any request from Pakistan for a bilateral meeting.

The spokesperson said: “India has always been open to talks but obviously it cannot be that talks take place in an atmosphere of continued terrorism. India will never accept continued terrorism as the new normal in the bilateral relationship.”

Swarup made the sharp remarks two days ahead of the conference where Pakistan will be represented by Sartaj Aziz, Foreign Affairs Advisor to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Meanwhile, PM Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will jointly inaugurate the ministerial deliberations on Sunday where the Indian delegation will be led by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the absence of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is ill.

Swarup said Pakistan is a country which has a long record of carrying out cross border terrorism which it regards as an instrument of state policy and which puts Islamabad at odds with the rest of the international community.

 

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