External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has called an all-party meet on July 14 in New Delhi in the wake of the ongoing stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops along the Sikkim border. The meeting, which is likely to held at Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s residence, will be aimed at briefing all the opposition parties about the current situation along the border where the standoff has been continuing since past one month, reported PTI. The EAM has sent out the invitation to all parties and the meeting has been scheduled by the government ahead of the Monsoon session of parliament which is scheduled to start from July 17.
As per PTI sources, several stalwarts of the opposition parties have been invited for the meeting where both Singh and Swaraj will give a detailed presentation on the current situation along the Sino-Indian border and will also discuss about the Jammu and Kashmir issue and the government action.
The meeting can be touted as a part of government’s plan to build a consensus ahead of the Parliament session in order to deal with both China and the Kashmir issue. In the latest tussle, New Delhi has expressed concerns over China trying to change the status quo on the India- Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction in Doklam area of Sikkim, where Indian troops stopped road construction by Chinese soldiers, said a PTI report.
As per reports, both China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Doklam area over the past three weeks. The standoff started after a Chinese Army’s construction party attempted to build a road near the India- Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had earlier said that differences over the border between India and China have occurred in the past also and were resolved. However, Beijing on Wednesday strictly demanded that India must withdraw its troops from Doklam in the Sikkim area in order to not raise the issue any further.