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India, Pakistan blame each other for cancellation of talks between national security advisers


NEW DELHI — India and Pakistan are blaming each other for the cancellation of talks between their national security advisers, with the rivals squabbling over the meeting's agenda.

The meeting scheduled for Monday in New Delhi would have resumed dialogue between the nuclear-armed neighbors a year after India canceled talks because Pakistan had consulted with Kashmiri separatists.

Pakistan's foreign ministry issued a statement late Saturday rejecting India's suggestion to restrict the agenda to issues related to terrorism. Pakistan was keen on discussing the Kashmir dispute as well.

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Sunday that the possibility of any future dialogue would depend on Pakistan.

India accuses Pakistan of arming and training insurgents fighting for Kashmir's independence from India or its merger with Pakistan, a charge Islamabad denies.

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