Hours after Chinese ambassador Luo Zhaohui pitched for talks between India, China and Pakistan and also said that India-China should have a peace and friendship treaty, the Ministry of External Affairs while responding to Chinese envoy statements on Monday said that they have not received any official request from the Chinese government. “We have not received any such suggestion from the Chinese government. We consider it as his (Chinese envoy) personal opinion. Matters related to India-Pak relations are bilateral in nature and have no scope for any third county’s involvement.

Earlier in the day, Chinese envoy Luo Zhaohui, during a press conference in New Delhi on Monday had proposed for India, China, Pakistan talks hinting at China-India-Pakistan summit. The envoy also pitched for an Indo-China peace and friendship treaty while mentioning that his country will not be able to afford another Doklam-type incident.

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However, hitting out at China’s proposal, senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Manish Tewari on Monday condemned the statement by Chinese ambassador said that the government of India should also condemn it. He said that India-Pakistan is a bilateral issue and it should be resolved bilaterally.

Speaking to news agency ANI, Manish Tewari said that they strongly condemn the statement of the Chinese ambassador and hope that the government of India will also condemn his statement. “Our stand has been that the issues between India and Pakistan should be solved bilaterally.”

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