India for mutually acceptable solution

India on Friday said it will continue to engage with China to find a mutually acceptable solution to the Dokalam standoff, but underlined that incidents like one in Ladakh three days ago were not in the “interest of either side”.

“Today, I can confirm that there was an incident at Pangong Tso on August 15. This was subsequently discussed by the local army commanders of the two sides. Such incidents are not in the interest of either side. We should maintain peace and tranquillity,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

However, he did not confirm whether the incident involved stone pelting or use of rods and asserted that, “I just said there was an incident”. He also emphasised that the incident should not be linked with what was happening in any other sector.

Mr. Kumar also did not confirm whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to China next month to attend the BRICS summit, saying he does not have any information about it.

Asked about the current status of the standoff, he said, “It is a sensitive issue... We will continue to engage with China to find mutually acceptable solution. Peace and tranquillity in border areas are important pre-requisites for smooth development of bilateral relations.”

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