Anurag Srivastava, the spokesperson for Ministry for External Affairs (MEA) has snubbed US President Donald J Trump’s offer to mediate India-China border row stating that both sides are engaged at different levels to address tensions.
The tensions flared along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) after violent clashes involving hundreds of soldiers in Sikkim and Ladakh sectors early this month. Both sides deployed additional soldiers in Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh. India said that it would oppose any unilateral attempts to alter the status quo along the LAC.
Donald J Trump took to his Twitter account on Wednesday and said that the US is ready to mediate or arbitrate the raging border dispute between India and China. The USA President tweeted on May 17, “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!”
But on Thursday, India said that it is engaged with China at the diplomatic and military levels to end a border standoff. Anurag Srivastava told a virtual news briefing that New Delhi will make no compromises on sovereignty and national security. “As I’ve told you, we are engaged with the Chinese side to peacefully resolve this issue,” the MEA spokesperson told when asked about Donald J Trump’s offer.
India and China have established mechanisms to peacefully resolve issues. Anurag Srivastava added, “India is committed to the objective of maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the border areas with China and our armed forces scrupulously follow the consensus reached by our leaders and the guidance provided. At the same time, we remain firm in our resolve to ensuring India’s sovereignty and national security.”