Cong to attend meeting called by Govt on Indo-China standoff, will urge it to take all steps to protect India's National interest

Cong to attend meeting called by Govt on Indo-China standoff, will urge it to take all steps to protect Indias National interest


New Delhi: Welcoming the all-party meeting called by the NDA government to brief the Opposition on the ongoing Indo-China Border standoff , the Congress today said it would ask the government to clarify all implications for the national security and the necessary steps being taken to protect India's national interests. Addressing reporters here, AICC media incharge Randeep Surjewala said,'Over last three years, Indian National Congress has repeatedly demanded that the BJP Government take the Opposition into confidence on issues involving national security. We reiterated this demand on June 30 as the current Indo-China Border standoff in Bhutan raised grave concerns and serious implications for national security. 'Pursuant to our demand, it is satisfying to note that government has woken up after three years to brief the Opposition parties on the current and emergent issues facing the nation and has convened a meeting. Indian National Congress shall attend the meeting.' Reiterating that on issues of India's security, the entire country has to act as a unified pole, Mr Surjewala said,'We shall support the government in every endeavour to defend our National interests. During the 10 years of UPA government, Congress Party always ensured that the Opposition leaders were briefed on every such issue. ' Mr Surjewala said at the meeting, the Congress would ask the government to share full information about background and situation that exists on Indo-China as also on Bhutan border where the standoff continues. It would also ask the government to clarify all implications for national security and the necessary steps being taken in protecting India's National interests. 'We shall ask the government to share full information about background and situation that exists on Indo-China as also on Bhutan border where the standoff continues. We shall also ask the government to clarify all implications for our National security and the necessary steps being taken in protecting our National interests,' Mr Surjewala said. Mr Surjewala said the Congress hoped that the government would do the right thing to protect the borders as also to strengthen India's pact with Bhutan. It said the government should take all steps to protect India's National interest . External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will brief the Opposition later today over India-China standoff in Doklam in Sikkim sector and the Kashmir situation in the wake of killing of seven Amarnath pilgrims. The meeting, aimed at taking the Opposition leaders into confidence on both issues, will take place at the Home Minister's residence.

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