Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs to visit Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh this month

May 1, 2018, 1:31 pm
New Delhi , May 1 :The Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, headed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, will visit border areas in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh in the last week of May, according to sources.
 
The Committee will review the situation in the aftermath of the crisis in Doklam, wherein a military stand-off had risen between Indian and Chinese troops last year over the Chinese's construction of a road in the area.
 
The situation was later resolved, following diplomatic discussions between the two nations.
 
The face-off, which lasted for 78 days, was called off after both sides arrived at an understanding for the disengagement.
The panel has been looking into various aspects of the India-China military standoff at Doklam and has been briefed several times on the issue by the current Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.
 
Another source said that the idea was to get a firsthand experience of the situation on the India-China border in the two states and to see, or if possible visit, areas where incursions have happened, another source said.
 
The panel, which may also use a chopper to get an aerial view, could also interact with top security and defense officials deployed there, sources said.
 
Earlier, foreign ministry officials had informed the 31-member parliamentary panel that Bhutan was with India on the issue.
 
During the discussions, Congress president Rahul Gandhi questioned foreign ministry officials on China's objective and why Beijing chose Doklam to create a confrontation, sources said.
 
Rahul Gandhi had also asked about reports of a major Chinese buildup near Doklam, to which officials replied that nothing had been done in Indian Territory.
 
With agency inputs

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