India rejects Chinese offer to hold trilateral summit involving India, Pak and China

Islamabad: India on Tuesday rejected a proposal by the Chinese Ambassador to New Delhi for a trilateral summit involving Pakistan, India and China, media reports said.

The Ministry of External Affairs of the Hindu-majority country said that the matters concerning the relationship of Islamabad and New Delhi ‘cannot’ involve any third party.

“If Russia, China and Mongolia can have a trilateral summit, then why not India, China and Pakistan?” Lou had said at an event in New Delhi on Monday.

“We cannot stand another Doklam incident. Let us make a joint effort to maintain peace along the border.”

The offer has been rejected because the Chinese government had not approached the Indians with a formal offer in this regard.

“We have seen reports on comments made by the Chinese ambassador in this matter. We have not received any such suggestion from the Chinese government,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar has said to media persons.

“We consider the statement as the personal opinion of the ambassador. Matters related to India-Pakistan relations are purely bilateral in nature and have no scope for involvement of any third country,” he added.

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