- The MEA spokesman didn’t comment on China’s precondition for talks
- China said last week that India withdrawing its forces from Doklam is the only way to end the border dispute
NEW DELHI: Without commenting on China’s reported precondition for talks, India on Thursday said that diplomatic channels between the two countries “are not impeded” and have “never broken”.
In that spirit, India also said that national security advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval will indeed attend a BRICS meeting of NSAs scheduled for next week in China.
When asked about Beijing’s comment that India withdrawing its forces from Doklam is the only way to end the border dispute, external affairs ministry (MEA) spokesman Gopal Baglay was noncommittal.
“I’ve seen that statement about the precondition. What I can say is that diplomatic channels are not impeded. It is important to note that aspect,” said Baglay.
On whether Doval’s visit would act as one of those diplomatic channels, Baglay said that at this point he isn’t aware of any one-on-one meetings planned to discuss theborder dispute.
“I can confirm that the NSA will visit on the 27th and 28th and this is in the context of the meeting of NSAs of the BRICS countries. If there are any other engagements we will let you know,” the MEA spokesman said.