Could visit after border issues resolved: NSA Ajit Doval responds to China’s invite

National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval said on Friday that he could embark on a trip to China after the border issues were resolved. He said that in response to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s invite to visit Beijing, according to sources.

Wang met Doval in the latter’s office in South Block earlier on Friday, which is the first visit by a high-level Chinese diplomat to India since the border dispute in eastern Ladakh erupted over two years ago.

About 15 rounds of military talks have taken place to resolve the border dispute.

After meeting NSA Doval, the Chinese foreign minister who arrived in Delhi last evening, held bilateral talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

Wang’s visit to India is part of his South Asia tour, which also took him to Kabul and Pakistan where he raked up the Jammu and Kashmir issue.

Wang invited Doval to visit China to take forward the mandate of the special representatives. NSA responded positively to the invitation, stating that he could visit after immediate issues are resolved successfully,” news agency ANI quoted sources as saying.

The meeting emphasised the “need to take early and complete disengagement in remaining areas [of Ladakh] to allow bilateral ties to take their natural course. Continuation of present situation [is] not in mutual interest. Restoration of peace will help build mutual trust.”

The meeting also stressed the need to continue positive interactions at diplomatic, military levels for restoration of peace, a prerequisite for normalisation; ensure that actions don’t violate spirit of equal and mutual security, work in same direction and resolve outstanding issues as quickly as possible.

Later on Friday, Wang Yi will travel to Nepal for a three-day visit.

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