Published On : Sat, Oct 7th, 2017

Sitharaman makes aerial survey of Doklam-Nathula area


New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today made an aerial survey of the Doklam-Nathula area on the Sino-India border, a day after the government said the status quo at the site has not changed since the disengagement on August 28.

Sikkim government officials said the defence minister also made a survey of the new Pakyong Airport in East Sikkim and neighbouring areas this afternoon.

Sitharaman is on a day-long visit to Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim today.

The survey follows the external affairs ministry statement yesterday that there were no new developments at the India-China military face-off site in Doklam and its vicinity since the August 28 disengagement.

The statement had come amidst reports that China has maintained a sizeable presence of its troops near the Doklam standoff site and even started widening an existing road around 12 km from the area of face-off.

“We have seen recent press reports on Doklam…The status quo prevails in this area. Any suggestion to the contrary is incorrect,” the external affairs ministry had said in the statement.