Sikkim standoff: NSA Ajit Doval to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping
New Delhi: Amid the standoff at Doklam in Sikkim sector, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will call on Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday.
He will meet Xi along with fellow top security officials of the BRICS countries.
Chinese and Indian troops have been locked in a face-off in the trijunction area for more than a month since Indian troops stopped the Chinese Army from building a road in the area.
China claimed it was constructing the road within its territory.
India protested the construction, fearing it would allow China to cut India’s access to its northeastern states.
As per PTI, officials here confirmed that Doval who will be taking part in the Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) NSAs meeting in Beijing will be meeting President Xi.
The group of NSAs would call on the Chinese President for an interaction on security issues relating to BRICS countries.
China currently holds the Presidency of the BRICS and is due to hold 2017 summit of the five-member group in September at Xiamen city.
Ahead of his meeting with Xi, Doval is expected to hold separate talks with China’s State Councilor Yang Jiechi to discuss resolution of the standoff at Doklam.
Both Doval and Yang are Special Representatives of the India-China border mechanism.
China has said that no meaningful dialogue can be held with India until it “unconditionally” withdraws troops from the disputed Doklam area.
However, it has acknowledged that talks through diplomatic channels are taking place and hinted at a meeting between Doval and Yang.