Doklam on table as Sushma meets Bhutan counterpart

Caution alert at Doklam Heavy troop build up along Indo China border

Caution alert at Doklam Heavy troop build up along Indo China border

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday held bilateral meeting with her counterpart from Bhutan, Damcho Dorji, on the sidelines of BIMSTEC Foreign Ministers' meet in Kathmandu. EAM meets with FM of Bhutan Damcho Dorji on sidelines of BIMSTEC Foreign Ministers' meet, ' External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

This was the first official reaction from Bhutan after Beijing's claim that the Himalayan nation had acknowledged that Dokalam belonged to China.

"Time with a close friend and neighbour".

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"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".

However, there was no official word from the Indian side on what was discussed during the meeting.

India has said it acted in coordination with the Bhutan government to block the construction of a road by Chinese troops in the strategic Doklam region, located at the junction of the frontiers of India, Bhutan and China.

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India is now increasingly investing its hopes for regional cooperation in Bimstec (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) - which does not have Pakistan as a member - instead of Saarc, which has become dysfunctional due to Pakistan's stonewalling tactics.

He went on to add: "And they reviewed different aspects of India Bhutan relations which is very wide-ranging and covers almost all aspects of human endeavour".

Ashok Kantha, director of Delhi-based Institute of Chinese studies and former Indian ambassador said that while Bhutan does not want to antagonise its northern neighbour, it also does not need to go beyond the June 29 statement, which squarely put the blame on China for violating two bilateral border treaties of 1988 and 1998.

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