India, Pakistan high level talks in Bangkok

Top security officials of India and Pakistan hold talks on militancy, Kashmir in Bangkok, Thailand

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif smile before the start of their bilateral meeting in New Delhi May 27, 2014

Indian and Pakistani “national security advisers, accompanied by the foreign secretaries” held talks in Bangkok, Thailand on militancy and disputed Kashmir on Sunday.

A joint statement released after the meeting said that "Discussions covered peace and security, terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir, and other issues, including tranquility along LoC," referring to the Line of Control, the de facto border dividing Kashmir between the two states.

The talks "were held in a candid, cordial and constructive atmosphere" and both sides "agreed to carry forward the constructive engagement," the statement added.

The meeting came a week after the prime ministers of both countries held an unscheduled meeting in Paris, when they had gone to attend the climate summit.

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is expected to go to Pakistan on Monday to attend a meeting on Afghanistan, according to AP, citing an unnamed Indian foreign ministry official.

He also said Bangkok was chosen for the meeting on Sunday because it was a convenient location for both sides.

The rival countries have fought three wars -two on Kashmir, the disputed region claimed by both states- since their independence from Britain in 1947.

They have had highs and lows in their history of carrying out peace since then.

The latest was when India cancelled the meeting of top officials that was originally scheduled for August because the two sides disagreed on the agenda of the talk.

Since 1989, about a dozen militant groups have been fighting against the Indian state in Kashmir for either independence or merging with Pakistan, and over 68,000 people lost their lives in the conflict.

India accuses Pakistan of helping the insurgent groups in Kashmir, which Islamabad denies.

India also demands Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, who they accuse of the deadly terror attacks of Mumbai in 2008, be brought to justice by Pakistan, where he lives in the open.

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