China called envoy to express appreciation: Pranab

Government on Thursday told Parliament that China had called Indian envoy to Beijing Nirupama Rao to express its 'appreciation' at the 'prompt action' taken against Tibetan protesters who 'forcibly entered' the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi last month.

In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said China had requested Indian government to continue to take necessary measures to ensure the security of Chinese diplomatic and consular establishments as well as the safety of Chinese citizens.

He noted that some Tibetan refugees "forcibly entered" the premises of Chinese Embassy on the evening of March 21 and that the government took "prompt action in apprehending them".

Later that evening, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs "sought a meeting" with Indian Ambassador in Beijing and "expressed appreciation at the prompt action taken by the government," the minister said.

Rao told Beijing that all necessary steps are being taken to ensure security and safety of Chinese diplomatic and consular establishments as well as the safety of the Chinese citizens, he said.

Media reports had earlier said that the Chinese Foreign Ministry had summoned Rao past midnight to express displeasure and concern over the storming of the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi by Tibetan protestors.

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