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Congress takes a u-turn, says Rahul Gandhi met Chinese, Bhutanese envoy

Despite having sour relations with the China, Modi met Xi Jinping in Germany: Congress


Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi

Six hours after an assertive denial of meeting between and Chinese envoy Luo Zhaohui, the Congress did a major flip-flop and said that not only did the party vice-president meet the latter, but the Bhutanese envoy as well.

"Various ambassadors and envoys keep meeting the Congress president and the vice-president from time to time on a courtesy basis, particularly those of G5 nations and also of the neighbouring countries - be it the Chinese Ambassador, or the Bhutanese Ambassador or the former security advisor Shiv Shankar Menon," Congress spokerperson Randeep Singh Surjewala told ANI.

"met all of them. So, nobody should try to sensationalise such normal courtesy calls or term them as events, like the sources from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) are trying to do. and other Opposition leaders are fully aware of or interests and other concerns about the grave situation on the Indo-Chinese Border and Bhutan, including Sikkim," he added.

Surjewala also attacked Prime Minister and said, "Despite having sour relations with the China, our Prime Minister met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Germany."

Earlier in the day, the Chinese Embassy in Delhi first posted and later removed a statement on its website saying that the two met after the Congress denied it as "fake news".

Surjewala, in a series of tweets, said some news channels were running "fake news" on Rahul's alleged meeting with the Chinese Ambassador.

"A wanting to be 'Bhakt' channel will not question 3 Union Ministers visiting or PM's bonhomie & praise at G20 yet run fake news! Before MEA & IB sources plant news with 'Bhakts', they should reverify that we still have diplomatic relations with all our neighbours.2/n" he tweeted.

Earlier on Friday, Rahul had asked why Prime Minister had been "silent" on China, in a tweet.

"Why is our Prime Minister silent on " he had posted.

This comes amid a lengthy standoff between the Armies of the two countries on Line of Actual Control adjoining Sikkim on India's eastern border.
New Delhi has expressed its serious apprehensions over Beijing constructing a road in the Sikkim sector of the LAC.

India claims Sikkim border as part of its territory, while has said that the area falls on their side as per the 1890 treaty signed between British and

Consequently, suspended the annual Kailash Manasarovar yatra and conceded that the decision to suspend the pilgrimage was due to the border scuffle.

It also alleged that the Indian troops had crossed the Sikkim sector of the Indo-border. Beijing has accused New Delhi of violating a convention signed in 1890 between Britain and relating to Sikkim and Tibet.

First Published: Mon, July 10 2017. 16:28 IST