India will be ‘patient, peaceful’ in dealing with neighbours: Government

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said there are differences with China but tension is not as much as is being presented.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 16, 2017 3:51 am
India Patient Peaceful with neighbors, Government says India Peaceful Patient, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, S Jaishankar, Line of Actual Control with China, Gorkhaland Issue, Amarnath Attacks, India-China Relations, Indian Express News This was the second such briefing by the government. (File Photo)

The government on Saturday assured leaders of 11 parties that India will be “patient and peaceful” in dealing with neighbours. Sources said that Defence and External Affairs Ministers Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj told them that they will not act in haste despite provocations. At the second such briefing in as many days, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar underlined that there are differences with China over the standoff at Doklam but the tension is not as much as is being presented.

Former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, who attended the two-hour-long briefing, told The Sunday Express that there was consensus that the dispute with China should be resolved through negotiations. At the briefing, Communist Party of India’s D Raja asked the government to make use of available mechanisms like the 1993 Agreement on the Maintenance of Peace and Tranquility along the Line of Actual Control with China.

“There are available mechanisms and they should be used for negotiations to arrive at a diplomatic solution for the dispute,” Raja was quoted as saying at the meeting. Raja spoke about growing India-China trade ties and noted that the two countries are members of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and BRICS. “China must be equally concerned about the standoff with India. Both countries should talk to resolve it,” he said.

Revolutionary Socialist Party’s N K Premachandran underlined the need for maintaining cordial ties with the closest neighbours. He added that improving relations with neighbours is more important than making efforts to better ties with faraway countries. Representatives from the Northeast sought development of infrastructure in border areas while one of them called for an early resolution to the Gorkhaland issue. Jaitley cited “difficult terrain” as a problem and added that there has been improvement in border infrastructure.

Home secretary-designate Rajiv Gauba, who gave a presentation on the attack on Amarnath pilgrims, maintained that there was no security lapse. He added that 1.86 lakh people have gone for the pilgrimage since June 29. The leaders were told that over 200 additional paramilitary companies and three Army battalions had been deployed for security.

The leaders were told that security arrangements for the yatra were reviewed again after the attack and that the Centre and the state government were closely monitoring them.

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  1. Syed Shah
    Jul 17, 2017 at 9:12 am
    Sick and tired of India's constant mischief in the region, they have bothered every neighbor they have, the worst neighbor is India, one annoying big neighbor that everyone is sick of. Like the loud, annoying, quarreling, drunken, misbehaving neighbor who never cares about his neighbors and constantly steals from them. Pakistan and China need to attack and cut off Kashmir and parts of border that belong to China, then go in and neutralize the whole of India by breaking it off into smaller states that threaten no neighbor. Gather up the RSS and VHP and Modi lovers in the BJP and throw them all into the sea. This is necessary for world peace.
    1. Syed Shah
      Jul 17, 2017 at 9:04 am
      Indian cunning at its peak, here the world can witness how the cunning Indian works, they will grab some land sneakily and cowardly and then ask for talks and to resolve the issue peacefully, really? Thats like a robber in a bank asking the cops to be patient and deal with him peacefully. No India, you better vacate Chinese land that you know has belonged to China in well documented terms, and don't try to fool the world. China should push them out forcefully, then India is welcome to talk peace and discuss at the table. Nothing to discuss now.
      1. R
        Jul 16, 2017 at 12:52 pm
        Sab yahan uchal-uchal ke sawaal udhaa rahe hai.. ki kahan aukat hai...talwe jo chaat rahe the congress ke itne peedhiyon se...ab bahut nautanki kar rahe hai...gaali-garoch kar rahe hai...pure frustration apna jo dikha rahe hai :)
        1. A
          Jul 16, 2017 at 11:44 am
          Where is 56 Inch ki chhati??? Where are ek ke badle 10 sir??? Where are laal aankhen for China??? Stop fooling the nation!
          1. I
            Jul 16, 2017 at 10:54 am
            but but bhkats modi use to say, he will give a ing reply to pak another jumla.....bhkaton ab hi tumko sharam nahi aati
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