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Doka La standoff: Bhutan foreign minister Damcho Dorji meets Sushma Swaraj, hopes issue is peacefully resolved

Kathmandu: India and Bhutan on Friday held their first high-level meeting after the Doka La standoff, with Bhutanese foreign minister Damcho Dorji meeting Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj in Kathmandu, and expressing hope that the situation is resolved peacefully.

China. Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The two ministers met on sidelines of the BIMSTEC Foreign Ministers' meeting.

The meeting was focused mainly on the standoff between the armies of India and China in Doka La in the Sikkim sector.

The two ministers put their respective positions as well as reiterated the stances on the face off, according to the diplomatic sources.

"We hope the current standoff in Doka La will be sorted out peacefully," said Dorji after the meeting, and added that "both sides should be satisfied with the outcome".

The meeting comes as the Government of Bhutan on Thursday refuted Chinese foreign ministry claims that Thimpu had told Beijing that the trilateral junction in Doka La is not Bhutanese territory.

Published Date: Aug 11, 2017 16:26 PM | Updated Date: Aug 11, 2017 16:26 PM

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