Doklam standoff: PM Narendra Modi, MEA deserve full credit for triumph of diplomacy, says Shashi Tharoor

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New Delhi | Updated: August 29, 2017 2:08:46 PM

Doklam standoff: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor today heaped praise on Prime Minister Modi and Ministry of External Affairs for the 'triumph' of its diplomacy on the India-China Doklam standoff.

 doklam standoff, india, china, pm narendra modi, narendra modi, mea, congress, shashi tharoor, new delhi, beijingDoklam standoff: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor today heaped praise on Prime Minister Modi and Ministry of External Affairs for the ‘triumph’ of its diplomacy on the India-China Doklam standoff. (ANI image)

Doklam standoff: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor today heaped praise on Prime Minister Modi and Ministry of External Affairs for the ‘triumph’ of its diplomacy on the India-China Doklam standoff. The MP from Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram has said that MEA staff and leadership of Prime Minister’s Office deserved full credit and applause from all thinking Indians. “Congratulate MEA for triumph of its diplomacy in getting the Chinese to stand down and return to the status quo ante,” Tharoor said. Tharoor yesterday said that the ‘Chinese withdrawal’ was a victory for Indian diplomacy. Earlier, in an article, Tharoor had written that he finds the idea of Chinese troops pulling back to safeguard economic interests in India as ‘risible’.

Meanwhile, top experts in the US have welcomed the disengagement of troops by both India and China at Doklam, but warned that the problem is not out of the woods yet as the status quo of the last three decades has been ‘disturbed irrevocably’. As part of the disengagement, the Chinese troops have left the dispute area of Doklam along with bulldozers and removed the tents which they had pitched, PTI reported. According to the report, there were about 1700-1800 Chinese troops in the area where they proposed to build a road and all of them have left.

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The Indian troops, whose number was in a ‘few hundreds’, have also moved out of the stand-off area, according to PTI reports. The stand-off had begun in June when the Indian troops objected to the Chinese building the road there. The External Affairs Ministry had yesterday said: “expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site in Doklam has been agreed to and is on-going.” Later, in the evening on Monday, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said the process of disengagement had almost been completed under verification, reflecting an end to the nearly two-and-half-month long standoff.

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