Sushma Swaraj meets Bhutanese counterpart amid Dokalam standoff

Amidst the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector, External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj met Bhutanese Foreign Minister Damcho Dorji.

Both the leaders were present in Kathmandu to attend a meeting of foreign ministers from the countries of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), a grouping of countries in South Asia and South East Asia.

Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan, and Nepal constitute the members of the BIMSTEC.

The tweet of the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar read – “Time with a close friend and neighbor. The external affairs minister meets with the foreign minister of Bhutan Damcho Dorji on sidelines of BIMSTEC Foreign Ministers’ meet.”

Although there was no word regarding the point of discussion between the two leaders, political pundits speculate it to be regarding Doklam standoff considering the backdrop in which the meeting is being held.

The political tensions between India and China grew in the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector since June 16 after Indian troops stopped the Chinese People’s Liberation Army from building a road in the area.

According to the sources, the two ministers put their respective positions as well as reiterated the stances on the face off,

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

Meanwhile, the country that would be watching this turn of events anxiously is China and an official statement regarding this meet is much awaited on their part.

 

 

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