India, China discussed Doklam incident: MEA

ANI | Updated: Dec 13, 2017 18:43 IST

New Delhi [India], Dec 13 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) today said that India and China have raised the Doklam incident during a meeting on Monday, wherein External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj and her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi expressed satisfaction that it was resolved with disengagement of troops at face-off site through concerted diplomatic communications.

"During the meeting between External Affairs Minister and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang YI on 11.12.2017 in New Delhi, the issue of DOKLAM was raised," MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

"EAM and Chinese Foreign Minister both noted the challenge it had posed disengagement of troops at the face-off site through concerted diplomatic communications," he added.

The Chinese Foreign Minister conveyed that the peaceful resolution of the Doklam issue reflects political maturity on both sides. While agreeing with this, EAM Swaraj reiterated that maintenance of peace in border areas is an essential pre-requisite for smooth development of bilateral relations.

EAM Swaraj also underlined the need for approaching difference with due consideration to each other's sensitivities and concerns.

Both the Foreign Ministers agreed to strengthen strategic communication at all levels, through the established dialogue mechanisms.

On Monday, EAM Swaraj held the 15th Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Wang Yi.

Wang's visit to New Delhi was the first by a top Chinese official to India after the Doklam stand-off.

The Doklam stand-off came to an end on August 28 after the two sides agreed to withdraw their respective troops from the Doklam plateau and the Chinese troops stopped building a key road close to India's corridor. The road was being built by China in an area also claimed by Bhutan.

India had objected to the construction highlighting its security concerns. (ANI)