Kovind praises Bhutan King Jigme’s role in resolving Doka La row with China

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Nov 2017 08:52:17



PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday deeply appreciated Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck’s role in resolving the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Doka La region of the Himalayan kingdom.
Kovind said this when the King, accompanied by Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuk and Prince Jigme Namgyal Wangchuk, called on him at Rashtrapati Bhavan here. The royal couple from the Himalayan kingdom arrived here on Tuesday on a four-day goodwill visit to India.

The visit assumes significance as it comes in the wake of the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Doka La region of Bhutan.
Indian and Chinese troops were locked in an over two-month-long standoff at the Doka La plateau in Bhutan. The crisis, which erupted in June over Chinese moves to build a road in an area claimed by Bhutan, ended in August, with both sides deciding to “disengage” from the face-off point.

While India and Bhutan said that Beijing’s move violated the status quo in the India-Bhutan-China international trijunction, China claimed that it was its territory.
“The President said that security concerns of India and
Bhutan are indivisible and mutual,” a statement issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan said.

“He conveyed deep appreciation for the King of Bhutan’s personal involvement and guidance and the support provided by Bhutan in addressing the recent situation in the Doka La area. He added that the manner in which both India and Bhutan stood together to address the situation in the Doka La area is a clear testimony to our friendship.” Kovind also complimented the King on the successful completion of the first decade of his reign and his vision for a stable, happy and prosperous Bhutan.

“He stated that India is delighted to see the rapid progress made in Bhutan while simultaneously preserving its very special culture as well as protecting the environment,” the statement said.