Sikkim standoff: No new developments at Doka La, asserts external affairs ministry
'The status quo prevails in the area and any suggestion to the contrary is incorrect and mischievous,' said External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar
India on Friday said there are no new developments at Doka La and its vicinity and that reports saying otherwise are incorrect.
"I would like to reiterate that there is no new development at the face-off site and its vicinity since the 28 August disengagement," external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said. He was asked about a media report about China ramping up its military presence in areas close to Doka La. He denied these reports of an alleged build up well within China.
"The status quo prevails in the area and any suggestion to the contrary is incorrect and mischievous," Kumar said about the reports. "I think, it is important to have an accurate understanding of the situation and not to paint an alarmist picture," he added.
Indian and Chinese troops were locked in a 73-day-long standoff in Doka La since 16 June after the Indian side stopped the building of a road in the disputed area by the Chinese Army. Bhutan and China have a dispute over Doka La. The MEA on 28 August had announced that both sides were disengaging from the face-off site.
In the MEA's weekly brief in New Delhi, Kumar also said that it was open to working with like-minded countries on issues that advance its interests and promote the Indian viewpoint, a day after Japan indicated that it would propose a top-level dialogue with the US, India and Australia. He spoke of the India-US-Japan trilateral, India-Sri Lanka-Maldives trilateral and the India-Afghanistan-Iran trilateral to show India's positive approach to these initiatives.
With inputs from PTI and IANS
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