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Sushma Kicks Off In Parliament, Talks From Doklam To Pakistan

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| August 3 , 2017 , 21:39 IST

Addressing the Parliament in the monsoon session on Thursday, External Minister Sushma Swaraj raided on the opposition kicking off any and all the allegation and questions against the central government's leadership.

The External Affairs Minister talked about cross border terrorism, Doklam stand-off as well as Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's meeting with the Chinese Ambassador.

She said, "I was very saddened that the opposition instead of considering the point of view of the Indian government, went and met the Chinese Ambassador.

"They did not try to understand the situation (the border standoff) from the Indian government, instead approached the Chinese counterpart to get their point of view," said Sushma Swaraj, replying to a discussion in the Rajya Sabha on foreign policy.

Replying to a debate on India's foreign policy in the Rajya Sabha, Sushma Swaraj also commented specifically on the stand-off in Sikkim sector - said the border with China in the area was not finalised, and added that the document released by China on Wednesday "selectively" quoted former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on issues related to the India-China border.

"A full and accurate account of that letter would have also brought out that Prime Minister Nehru's assertion was clearly based on boundary alignment as shown in our earlier published maps," Sushma Swaraj said.

She added, "We will continue to engage with the Chinese side through diplomatic channels to find a mutually acceptable solution based on the Astana consensus of our leaders. I note the sense of the House is supportive."

Taking a strict stand against Pakistan, Sushma Swaraj said, "Terror and talks cannot go together. This is the roadmap. The day when they stop terror, talks will start."

Sushma Swaraj said that relations with Pakistan deteriorated not after the Pathankot airbase attack in 2016, but after then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called militant commander Burhan Wani a freedom fighter and a martyr after he was killed in a shootout with Indian security forces last June.

"In that bilateral meeting it was decided that Secretary level talks will happen. We gave it the name of Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue so that no doubts should remain. It was decided then that Foreign Secretaries should thrash out the modalities," Sushma Swaraj said.