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India cancels maritime talks with Pak over Jadhav row

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

has called off the Indo-Pak maritime security dialogue it was to host next week, in the backdrop of tensions arising over the death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav on charges of spying in

Minister of State for External Affairs said is taking all measures to gain consular access to Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, despite denying it "13 times".

Singh said, the is trying everything to get access to Jadhav.

A delegation of the Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) was to visit on April 16-19 to discuss issues related to fishermen of both the countries, who are arrested for trespassing, and search and rescue operations with the Indian Coast Guard.

Coast Guard sources said the has not given clearance for the delegation's visit.

The development comes amid tensions between the two countries over Jadhav, a former Indian naval officer, being awarded death sentence by a Pakistani military

has said if Jadhav were to be executed, it will be considered as a "premeditated murder".

As per an MoU signed between maritime security agencies of and in 2006, coast guard delegations of the two countries would visit each other every year.

Last July, a three-member delegation of the Indian Coast Guard, headed by Director General Rajendra Singh, had visited to discuss maritime issues between the two countries.

"This was to be a reciprocal visit by a delegation of PMSA headed by their DG," a senior Coast Guard official said.

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First Published: Sat, April 15 2017. 20:48 IST