China on Friday denied entry to around 47 Indian pilgrims who were travelling to Kailash Mansarovar through the Nathu-la pass in Sikkim. (Representative image) Photograph: (Zee News Network)
China said on Monday it was in talks with India over the Kailash Mansarovar issue, but it did not state why 47 Indian pilgrims were stopped at the Sino-India border on Friday.
"According to my information, the two governments are in touch over this issue," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Suhang told reporters. But he declined to comment if bad weather was the reason behind China’s decision.
He said the issue was being discussed by the two foreign ministries.
47 Indian pilgrims making their way to Kailash Mansarovar through the Nathu-la pass in Sikkim were denied entry by China on Friday (June 23).
The pilgrims were scheduled to cross over to the Chinese side on June 19 but had failed to do so due to inclement weather. They had waited at the base camp and tried to cross again on June 23 but were denied permission by the Chinese officials.
Citing sources, PTI had said that the pilgrims were stopped because several Chinese roads were washed away after landslides.
“Yes, there are some difficulties being experienced in movement of KMY (Kailash Mansarovar Yatra) Yatris via Nathu La. Matter is being discussed with Chinese side,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay had said.
(With agency inputs)