India says ready to talk if Pakistan ‘gives up terrorism’

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Responding to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s four-point roadmap to initiate peace with India, Indian External Affairs Minister Shushma Swaraj said New Delhi was willing to talk on just one condition – that Pakistan ”gives up terrorism”.

“We do not need four points, we need just one — give up terrorism and let us sit down and talk,” Swaraj said while addressing the 70th session of UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday.

The Indian foreign minister further said India remained open to dialogue but “talks and terror cannot go together”.

“Let us hold talks at the level of NSAs on all issues connected to terrorism and an early meeting of our Directors General of Military Operations to address the situation on the border,” said Swaraj.

If the response is serious and credible, India is prepared to address all outstanding issues through a bilateral dialogue, she added.