India's objective is to achieve peace through diplomacy over Doklam stand-off: MEA
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 05-Aug-2017

New Delhi, August 5: India on Friday said that it will continue to engage with China through diplomatic channels to find a mutually acceptable solution to Doklam stand-off. India continues to engage with China diplomatically and has been in close coordination with Bhutan in finding a mutually-acceptable solution to the Dokalam standoff, government said.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay asserting that diplomatic engagement was the only way to resolve the face-off between the Chinese and Indian troops at the tri-junction.

 

"Government of course remains prepared. Its government's responsibility to ensure the security of its citizen and territory, and we remain prepared. But External Affairs Minister also said yesterday that war is not an answer."

Emphasising that India’s objective is to achieve peace and tranquillity through diplomacy, he said New Delhi continues to engage with China through diplomatic channels to find a mutually acceptable solution and also was in continuous and close coordination with Bhutan on the Dokalam issue.

Gopal Baglay, however, refused to comment whether there was reduction of Indian troops at the tri-junction between India-China-Bhutan, saying, “these are operational matters, whether on our side or on the other side”.

Baglay’s remarks came in the backdrop a report by the state-run Xinhua news agency, quoting Ren Guoqiang, a spokesperson of the Chinese defence ministry, as saying that “since the incident occurred, China has shown utmost goodwill and sought to communicate with India through diplomatic channels to resolve the incident. Chinese armed forces have also shown a high level of restraint with an eye to the general bilateral relations and the regional peace and stability.”

However, he did not confirm or deny Chinese contention that India was given prior notice over the construction of the road in Dokalam near the Sikkim sector, saying, it will not be correct to give details of all diplomatic interactions.