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Swaraj meets Bhutanese foreign minister amid Dokalam standoff

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

External Affairs Minister today her Bhutanese counterpart Damcho Dorji here and is understood to have discussed bilateral issues, amidst the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Dokalam area of the 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 and South East


Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and are members of the BIMSTEC.

"Time with a close friend and neighbour. 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 Dokalam -- a trijunction between India, China and Bhutan.

and China have been locked in a face-off in the Doklam area of the sector since June 16 after Indian troops stopped the Chinese People's Liberation Army from building a road in the area.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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