Published:  02:38 AM, 12 August 2017

Amid Doklam standoff, India-Bhutan FM meet

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday met her Bhutanese counterpart Damcho Dorji in Kathm-andu and is understood to have discussed bilateral issues, amidst the standoff between Indian and Chin-ese troops in the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector.

Both the leaders are here to attend a meeting of foreign ministers from the countries of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), a grouping of countries in South Asia and South East Asia.

Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal are members of the BIMSTEC.  "Time with a close friend and neighbor. The external affairs minister meets with foreign minister of Bhutan Damcho Dorji on sidelines of BIMSTEC Foreign Ministers' meet," ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted and also posted a picture of the meeting. 

Though there was no official word on as to what was discussed between the two leaders, the meeting comes in the backdrop  of the current standoff  in Doklam -- a trijunction between India, China  and Bhutan. India and China have been locked  in a face-off in the  Doklam area of the  Sikkim sector since June 16 after Indian troops stopped the Chinese People's Liberation  Army from building a road in the area.

-AA News Desk        

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