Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh Likely to visit Ladakh on Friday

New Delhi:

Even as disengagement talks continue between Commanders of Indian Army and Chinese PLA, Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh is likely to visit Ladakh on Friday.

Singh is likely to be accompained by Army Chief MM Naravane. This is the first visit of Defence Minister to Ladakh since the face-off between the Chinese and Indian troops at LAC on 15 June.

According to sources, Singh will visit Leh Hospital to meet the troops injured in the clashes with Chinese PLA. He is also expected to hold high level meeting with senior army officials.

Twenty Indian soldiers were killed and more than double PLA soldiers were killed in the face-off on LAC on 15 June.

Disengagement Talks

Since then, India & China have been engaged in discussions through established military & diplomatic channels to address situation along LAC in India-China border areas. Commanders from PLA & Indian Army side held a meeting at Chushul on Indian side for another round of talks on 30 June 2020.

This was 3rd senior military commander level engagement to discuss issues related to disengagement at the face-off sites along the LAC and de-escalation from the border areas. Both sides have emphasised the need for an expeditious, phased and step wise de-escalation as a priority.

This is in keeping with the Agreement between External Affairs Minister & Chinese counterpart during their conversation on 17 June that the overall situation would be handled in a responsible manner and both sides would implement disengagement understanding of 6th June sincerely.

Meeting yesterday was long and held in a businesslike manner keeping in view the Covid-19 protocols. The discussions reflected commitment of both sides to reduce tensions along LAC. The process of dis-engagement along the LAC is complex.

More meetings are expected both at the military and at the diplomatic level, in future, to arrive at mutually agreeable solution and to ensure peace and tranquility along the LAC as per bilateral agreements and protocols.

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