Sikkim standoff: NSA Ajit Doval to attend BRICS meet in Beijing on July 27-28 amid Dokalam dispute

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National Security Adviser Ajit Doval will be travelling to Beijing to attend a BRICS meeting on July 27 and 28, the External Affairs Ministry said on Monday.The visit comes amid deterioration in bilateral ties between the two neighbours due to the Dokalam standoff with Beijing ratcheting up its rhetoric against New Delhi on the dispute.“As far as visit of the National Security Adviser to China for the meeting of BRICS NSAs is concerned, I can confirm that he will be visiting. The visit will take place on Jul 27 and 28,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.

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