India, Bhutan to celebrate 50 years of ties

Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, Feb 19 – India and Bhutan are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations on February 21.The Foreign Minister of Bhutan Lyonpo Damcho Dorji is arriving here tomorrow to take part in the celebrations, according to MEA sources.

The Bhutanese Foreign Minister is also scheduled to meet Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on the same evening.

The upcoming meeting between the two Foreign Ministers assume significance in the backdrop of the Doklam crisis.

Reports indicate that the India-China tensions over Doklam are far from resolved. The Chinese have reportedly stationed 1,500 to 1,700 troops a few hundred meters from the site of the 71-day standoff between Indian and Chinese forces. China has started fresh construction on an existing track around 10 kilometres from the standoff site.

Around 1,000 Chinese troops are still on the plateau, “a few hundred metres from the faceoff site.” Indian and Chinese troops moved back around 150 metres each on August 28, according to the decision to disengage, but status quo ante as on June 16 has not yet been restored.

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