Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today conducted an aerial survey of the Doklam-Nathula area on the India-China border.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today conducted an aerial survey of the Doklam-Nathula area on the India-China border. According to the officials, the defence minister also made a survey of the new Pakyong Airport in East Sikkim and neighbouring areas this afternoon. Sitharaman’s survey assumes significance as is come a day after the government claimed that the status quo at the site has not changed since the disengagement on August 28. Sitharaman was on a day-long visit to Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim today.
Earlier, the external affairs ministry had said that there were no new developments at the India-China military face-off site in Doklam and its vicinity since the August 28 disengagement. In a statement, the external affairs ministry has said, “We have seen recent press reports on Doklam…The status quo prevails in this area. Any suggestion to the contrary is incorrect. ”
The defence minister is also scheduled to meet Sikkim Governor Sriniwas Patil and Chief Minister Pawan Chamling at the Raj Bhavan and they may discuss several issues related to defence in the border areas with China. Sitharaman is likely to discuss improving infrastructures such as the border roads in Sikkim, the new airport in the state, and development in areas along the Sino-India border in Sikkim. Yesterday, the defence minister paid a visit to Jamnagar Air Force Station in Gujarat and took first-hand information about the role and nature of operations undertaken by the Indian Air Force at the air base.