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Satisfied that Centre woke up to convene meeting on Indo-China standoff: Congress

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Commenting on the high-level meeting called on by Minister of External Affairs and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the on Friday said that it was satisfying to know that after three years, the had finally woken up and had convened a meeting to brief the Opposition on the Indo-standoff and the current and the emerging issues.

leader Randeep Surjewala, in a press briefing, said that for the past three years, the has repeatedly been demanding that the takes the Opposition into confidence on all issues concerning security.

"We repeated this demand on June 30, as the current Indo-standoff in Bhutan raised great concerns and serious implications for the security," he said.

"We shall support the in every endeavour to defend our interest and our borders," Surjewala said.

Surjewala also added that during the ten years of the (UPA) Government, the Congress always ensured that the Opposition leaders were briefed on such issues.

He further said that the Congress shall attend the meeting, and shall ask to share full information about background and situation that exists on Indo-border and also on Bhutan border where the standoff continues.

He said, "We shall also ask the government to clarify all the implications for the national security and the necessary steps taken to protect our national interests."

He concluded that if need arises, the leaders shall make an appropriate statement after the meeting.

Union Home Minister and External Affairs Minister will jointly brief a meeting today on the ongoing India-China border standoff.

National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval will also be attending the meeting.

The invitation had been sent to all prominent Opposition leaders.

The tensions between China and India have been escalating for the past three weeks over the borer standoff at the Doklam area. The rift arouse after Chinese Army's construction party attempted to build a road near the area.

Doklam region, called in Bhutan, is known as as Dok La in India which China claims, Donglang region, as its part.

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First Published: Fri, July 14 2017. 16:57 IST