India on Trump's mediation offer: 'Already engaged with China to peacefully resolve issue'
In response to US President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate between Delhi and Beijing over tensions along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh region, India Thursday said it is already engaged with China to “peacefully resolve” the issue.
“We are engaged with China to peacefully resolve this issue,” a Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said.
India on US President Trump’s offer to mediate between India and China on the border issue:
MEA spox: “We are engaged with China to peacefully resolve this issue”.@IndianExpress
— Shubhajit Roy (@ShubhajitRoy) May 28, 2020On
Trump had Wednesday offered to mediate between the two nations, saying the United States had informed both India and China about being able to mediate their “now raging border dispute”.
“We have informed both India and China that the United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now raging border dispute. Thank you,” Trump had said in a tweet.
We have informed both India and China that the United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now raging border dispute. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2020
In the past, Trump had offered to mediate between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, but this is the first time that he has made such an offer to India and China.
Meanwhile, talking about the tensions along the Line of Actual Control, the MEA spokesperson said: “Our troops have taken a very responsible approach towards border management and strictly follow procedures laid out in bilateral agreements and protocols with China to resolve any issue that may arise in border areas.”
The ministry spokesperson also said that the two sides have established mechanisms–both military and at diplomatic levels– to resolve situations which may arise in the border areas peacefully through dialogue, adding that India remains firm in its resolve to ensure the country’s sovereignty and national security.”