New Delhi, Aug 28: China and India have agreed to end months long stand-off at the Sikkim border which began in June, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Monday.
The MEA in its statement asserted that during bilateral communications, “we were able to express our views and convey our concerns and interests”.
MEA Press Statement on Doklam Disengagement Understanding pic.twitter.com/fVo4N0eaf8
— Anurag Srivastava (@MEAIndia) August 28, 2017
“On this basis, expeditious disengagement of border personnel at face-off site at Doklam has been agreed to, and is ongoing.” it added.
The decision to disengage their troops comes ahead of a crucial BRICS summit being hosted by China in September, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend.
In contrast to MEA statement, Chinese Foreign Office said India has called off troops from Doklam but Chinese troops will continue patrolling in Sikkim’s Doklam.
“On the afternoon of August 28, the Indian side pulled back all the Indian troops and equipment to the Indian side of the boundary and the Chinese personnel have verified this,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hu Chunying said.
“The Chinese side will continue to exercise its sovereignty and uphold its territorial integrity in accordance with historical conventions,” she further added.