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India cancels talks with Pakistan, accusing envoy of meeting Kashmir separatists

Published on Aug 18, 2014 10:34 PM
Indian police standing guard at a checkpoint during a curfew in Srinagar, Kashmir on August 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India on Monday cancelled talks with Pakistan scheduled for later this month, in an angry reaction to a meeting between Pakistan’s high commissioner and Kashmiri separatists.

The foreign ministry said Monday’s meeting between the Pakistani envoy and separatist leaders in Indian-administered Kashmir had undermined efforts by the new Indian government to engage with Islamabad.

Islamabad later described the move as "a setback" in efforts to improve relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

“I can confirm the foreign secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan have been called off,” Indian foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told AFP.

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