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India, China see Doklam defusion as reflective of their political maturity: MEA

Delhi,

The Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday confirmed that the Doklam issue was discussed between India and China here on December 11 and both the countries agreed that its resolution was a reflection of the political maturity of Beijing and New Delhi.

The issues was taken up at the meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang YI who had come here to take part in the RIC Foreign Ministers Dialogue, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said here.

During the discussions, both noted the challenge it had posed to the relationship and both expressed satisfaction that it was resolved with the disengagement of troops at the face-off site through concerted diplomatic communications.

‘’Wang Yi conveyed that the peaceful resolution of the Doklam issue reflects the political maturity on both sides. While agreeing with this, EAM reiterated that the maintenance of peace and tranquility in the border areas is an essential pre-requisite for the smooth development of bilateral relations,’’ Mr Kumar said in a statement here.

He said the External Affairs Minister also underlined the need for approaching the difference with due consideration to each other’s sensitivities and concerns.

She recalled the consensus between the leaders of India and China reached in Astana earlier this year on the need to work together to ensure that our difference do not become disputes, the Spokesperson said.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that India and China shared the same objectives of national development and should be natural partners.‘’Both Foreign Ministers agreed to strengthen strategic communication at all levels, including between them, through the established dialogue mechanisms,” Mr Kumar said.

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