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Doklam figured in talks between Modi, Abe

IANS | Gandhinagar |

The Doklam standoff between India and China appears to have figured in talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe here on Thursday.

While a joint statement released after the meeting between Modi and Abe did not mention the standoff, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, asked about the issue at a media briefing, said “regional and global developments” were discussed.

Jaishankar said: “Doklam is not specifically mentioned in the statement.”

“I think there was a discussion on regional and global developments yesterday (Wednesday) in the broader sense of the term,” he said, referring to the close-door discussions between the two leaders in Ahmedabad.

Indian and Chinese troops were involved in a standoff at Doklam in the Sikkim sector for two and a half months, which was resolved on August 28 ahead of the BRICS summit hosted by China.

In another border incident, Indian and Chinese troops got into a scuffle in Ladakh which saw the soldiers from both sides pelting stones at each other and fist-cuffing.