New Delhi, August 29: Bhutan on Tuesday welcomed the disengagement by the Indian and Chinese troops in the Doklam area, Bhutan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. “Hope this contributes to maintenance of peace, tranquility and status quo along borders of Bhutan, China and India in keeping with existing agreements between the respective countries,” the Ministry said. Also Read - China’s Unmanned Spacecraft Chang’e 5 Makes Successful Landing on the Moon
The Indian Army had on Monday began the process of “disengagement” of its troops at the standoff area in Doklam, with the Chinese side also withdrawing its soldiers, Army sources said. This comes as India and China agreed to disengage their troops, after a nearly three-month standoff in the Doklam plateau area in Sikkim sector. Also Read - International Flights: Kathmandu-New Delhi Flight Services Likely to Resume From Next Week
Sources said the troops withdrawal will be from both sides. Around 350-400 Indian troops were there at the border point. India had refused to withdraw its soldiers unless there was a simultaneous withdrawal from the Chinese side as well. Also Read - China Continues Construction Along Indo-Tibet Border; Crosses India's Red Lines Drawn During Doklam Standoff
The standoff between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam, at the tri-junction of India-China Bhutan, has been continuing since June 16 when Indian troops stopped a Chinese PLA unit from building a road in the area.
On Monday, a statement from the External Affairs Ministry had said both countries have agreed to “disengage” in Doklam.
India’s Ministry of External Affairs in a statement said, “In recent weeks, India and China have maintained diplomatic communication in respect of the incident at Doklam. During these communications, we were able to express our views and convey our concerns and interests.”
“On this basis, expeditious disengagement of border personnel at face-off site at Doklam has been agreed to, and is ongoing,” it said.
With inputs from IANS