Marathon Corps Commander talks remain inconclusive, India asks China to pull back from friction points

India has asked China in no uncertain terms to pull back from all friction points and ensure full disengagement from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.

This was conveyed to the Chinese during the sixth Corps Commander-level meeting between India and China on the issue of Ladakh stand-off which concluded on Monday night after 13 hours of marathon talks.

Indian representatives at the meeting are now expected to brief senior officials about the discussions with the Chinese.

Senior Army commanders from both sides deliberated on  implementing a five-point consensus arrived upon between the two countries on disengagement of troops and de-escalation of the situation in eastern Ladakh following the meeting between External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow earlier this month.

Since China had attempted to alter the status quo, Indian has reportedly asked China to pull back first along the LAC and assured them that India will reciprocate.

India urged China for immediate disengagement in Pangong Tso finger areas, Hotsprings and Depsang according to highly placed sources.

14 Corps Chief Lt Gen Harinder Singh and his likely successor Lt Gen PGK Menon along with a Joint Secretary from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had attended the meeting from the Indian side at Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The meeting started on Monday at around 10 AM and went on till 11 PM.

The Corps Commanders of the two sides met after more than a month as both sides had been engaged in at least three firing incidents that have taken place along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The Corps Commanders met at the Moldo hut opposite Chushul on the Indian side.

Prior to the meeting, the agenda and issues of the Indian side were discussed and finalised during a high-level meeting attended by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane, last week on Friday.

The talks happened at a time when the Indian side has also occupied six major hill features which are helping the Indian Army to be in dominating positions on heights.

(With ANI inputs)

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