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India, China Agree To Maintain Diplomatic, Military-level Communication To Resolve Ladakh Standoff: MEA

The Ministry of External Affairs said that India emphasised that both sides should strictly respect and observe Line of Actual Control.

India, China Agree To Maintain Diplomatic, Military-level Communication To Resolve Ladakh Standoff: MEA
An Indian army convoy moves on the Srinagar- Ladakh highway at Gagangeer | AP Photo
India, China Agree To Maintain Diplomatic, Military-level Communication To Resolve Ladakh Standoff: MEA
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2020-06-24T19:29:44+05:30

India and China on Wednesday agreed that expeditious implementation of the previously agreed understanding on disengagement of troops from standoff points in eastern Ladakh would help ensure peace and tranquillity in the border areas, the Ministry of External Affairs said.

The two sides held diplomatic talks through video conference to explore ways to ease tension along the Line of Actual Control in the eastern Ladakh region.

The MEA said the situation in the region was discussed in detail and the Indian side conveyed its concerns over the violent face-off in Galwan Valley on June 15. Twenty Indian Army personnel were killed in the clash.

Also Read:  After Galwan Face-off, Why Future Looks Tense For Sparring Neighbours India And China

"In this regard, it was emphasised that both sides should strictly respect and observe the Line of Actual Control," the MEA said in a statement.

It said the two delegations agreed that the expeditious implementation of the understanding on disengagement would help ensure peace and tranquillity in border areas and the development of a broader relationship between the two countries.

Also Read:  Believe It Or Not, China Has Been Grabbing Land For Forty Years, Say Ladakh Residents

The talks were held between Joint Secretary (East Asia) in the Ministry of External Affairs Naveen Srivastava and Director General in the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wu Jianghao.

The MEA said the two sides also agreed to maintain communication both at diplomatic and military levels including to resolve the existing situation peacefully.

Also Read:  ‘Mutual Consensus To Disengage,’ Says Army After Talks With China

The talks took place two days after Chinese and Indian armies arrived at a "mutual consensus" to "disengage" from all the friction points in eastern Ladakh. 

Also Read: That China Has Claimed Galwan As Its Territory Indicates Strategic Intent, Planning

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