NEW DELHI: As tension escalates and warmongering continues on both sides of the border, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj decided to play the voice of sanity on Thursday by saying “war was not the solution.” She reiterated that India’s stand was for a diplomatic solution.
Replying to a discussion in the Rajya Sabha, Swaraj said wisdom is to hold bilateral talks. “We have a strong army but patience is needed to resolve such issues. Military readiness is always there and military is meant to fight but even after war, the solution has to be reached through talks,” she said.
Pakistan, meanwhile, played the neighbour card to provide its opinion on the issue. “Pakistan has noted Indian violation at Sikkim border and is concerned at increasing Indian belligerence in the region, which is endangering regional peace and stability,” its foreign office said.