There were 4,442 applicants who registered this year for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, of which 1,454 applicants were shortlisted against existing slots, said Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh
China has been blocking India’s move stating that there is no consensus in the UNSC 1267 which enforces a global ban on terror groups and their leaders with affiliations to Al-Qaeda and Islamic State. JeM has already been in the banned list.
Nepal and China last month signed an agreement to set up a border law enforcement centre to manage and curb border related crimes “while respecting each other’s sovereignty”.
Hamid Ansari says since India and China are strategic partners and neighbours, they must open their doors to build solid bilateral ties.
High point of the dialogue was the similar approach they both take towards Central Asia.
The US said its presence in the region paved way for long term peace and stability.