Mechanism in place to take care of border issues: Salman Khurshid

Defence Minister AK Antony had visited China last week to discuss various issues of mutual importance including a new border security mechanism to avert incursions among others.

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Mechanism in place to take care of border issues: Salman Khurshid

New Delhi: Terming as "very useful" the trip of the Defence Minister to China, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Thursday said there was a mechanism in place to take care of any incident between the two countries along the border including recent Chinese incursions in Ladakh.

"Everything was in control when the Defence Minister came back after a very thoughtful, very useful and satisfying trip. So, I don't know why we should be getting into other items you have got now on the border.

Mechanism in place to take care of border issues Salman Khurshid

Salman Khurshid. PTI

"Mechanism to take care of any incident, any fact that may require any special attention. Defence Minister was (there) for strengthening that mechanism. I am sure that the mechanism will address (it) as and when needed," Khurshid told reporters when asked about the Chinese incursion in Ladakh area of Jammu and Kashmir recently.

Defence Minister AK Antony had visited China last week to discuss various issues of mutual importance including a new border security mechanism to avert incursions among others.

In the latest instance, Chinese troops had on 17 June intruded in Chumar sector in Ladakh and smashed some bunkers besides cutting wires of cameras installed at the border post.

To a question on the leaked report of the Abottabad Commission on Osama bin Laden, Khurshid said it was for Pakistani authorities to act on it.

"It is an informal report. I don't know whether it is authentic... what is being reported. I am sure that the government of Pakistan will check the authenticity of the report and then take into account and decide how to move forward", he said.

Khurshid said India's concern has always been that Pakistani territory "should not be used by elements who are against or hostile to India's interest".

"There is a new government elected there. We look forward to that new government addressing these issues as we move forward," said Khurshid on the the sidelines of a conference on 'Economic Diplomacy: A need for review' here.

PTI

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