Diplomacy is all about nuance and the art of the possible. The handling of the planned meeting of the National Security Advisors by India and Pakistan has been anything but.
This is not the first time a crucial meeting between the two sides has collapsed amidst acrimony, nor will it be the last. Thus we had the drama of India and Pakistan trading charges through the media throughout Friday and Saturday before both sides walked away from meeting of the NSAs set for Monday.
Much of the rancour centred round what exactly would be on the table if the NSAs did get together in Delhi. When Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif met in the Russian city of Ufa on July 10, the joint statement issued after their talks clearly stated the NSAs would only “discuss all issues connected to terrorism”.