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Doklam standoff: Sushma Swaraj meets Bhutan counterpart in Kathmandu

The India-China standoff at Doklam dominated a meeting between Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and her Bhutan counterpart Damcho Dorji in Kathmandu.

world Updated: Aug 11, 2017 19:26 IST
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Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and her Bhutanese counterpart Damcho Dorji during a bilateral meeting in Kathmandu on August 11, 2017. The foreign ministers are in Nepal for the BIMSTEC ministerial meeting.
Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and her Bhutanese counterpart Damcho Dorji during a bilateral meeting in Kathmandu on August 11, 2017. The foreign ministers are in Nepal for the BIMSTEC ministerial meeting. (AFP)

The India-China military standoff at Doklam dominated a meeting between visiting external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and her Bhutanese counterpart Damcho Dorji on the margins of the BIMSTEC ministerial meeting in Kathmandu on Friday.

This was the first high-level contact between the two sides since the beginning of the faceoff near the Sikkim border in mid-June. China has accused Indian troops of trespassing into Doklam or Donglang, a region which is controlled by Beijing but is claimed by Thimphu.

Swaraj and Dorji mainly focussed on the Doklam standoff, with their discussions centring round the positions taken by their countries on the issue and measures taken to end the face-off, according to diplomatic sources.

“We hope that the current standoff in Doklam will be sorted out peacefully,” Dorji said after the meeting. Both sides “should be satisfied from any of the outcomes”, he said without giving details.  

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. The confrontation between Indian and Chinese troops is now in its second month.

New Delhi has said both sides should withdraw their troops and begin talks to resolve the matter. China has insisted that India should unilaterally withdraw its forces before any dialogue.