NEW DELHI: India’s foreign ministry said on Monday it had agreed with China to an “expeditious disengagement” of troops at a disputed border area where soldiers from the two countries have been in a stand-off for more than two months.
“In recent weeks, India and China have maintained diplomatic communication in respect of the incident at Doklam,” India’s Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement, referring to the area in the Himalayas close to the borders of China, India and Bhutan.
“On this basis, expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site at Doklam has been agreed to and is on-going.”
China ‘pleased’ India withdraws from disputed border
China said Monday it was ‘pleased’ that India had agreed to withdraw troops from a disputed border with Bhutan following a months-long standoff in the Himalayas.
Foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying confirmed that Indian troops and equipment had pulled back while “Chinese troops continue to patrol on the Chinese side of the boundary”.