Amid escalating tensions over the Doklam stand-off, Union Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said he is hopeful that the Doklam issue would be resolved very soon. He said India wants peace with its neighbours and not any confrontation.

Rajnath Singh said he is hopeful that China would initiate a dialogue on the border tensions between the two countries.

“There will be a solution of Doklam issue very soon…I want to tell all the neighbours that India wants peace, not any confrontation”, said Singh speaking at an event organised by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).

“I’m confident that China, on its part, will make a positive move and a resolution (to the dispute) will be found,” added Rajnath.

Further stressing on maintaining good ties with the neighbours, the Home Minister said, “In life, one can change friends, but one can’t change neighbours” and therefore good relations with neighbours is very important.”

Praising the Indian Army, Rajnath Singh said the soldiers of this country can never be cowed. He recalled a trip to Ladakh and said he was amazed to see the immense spirit of the soldiers even in harsh conditions.

“I went to Ladakh once and had never experienced such harsh cold in life. I was told ITBP jawans would meet me in the morning I thought they will be cold and tired but the spirit I saw in them… No one would dare raise eyes towards India. We have such brave soldiers. When I see these jawans, I feel that there is no power in the world which can attack India,” said Rajnath.

After the face off that began on June 16, India has increased the strength of its soldiers along the Sikkim-Arunachal border.

First Published | 21 August 2017 2:19 PM
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