In a bid to diffuse tension along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, India and China has agreed on “early and complete disengagement of troops” in sync with bilateral agreement and protocols.
Both sides have also agreed upon holding another meeting of the Senior Commanders soon to work out further modalities to expeditiously ensure complete disengagement and de-escalation and restoration of peace and tranquility in border areas.
The decision was arrived at following the 17th meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) held virtually on Friday. The Indian delegation was led by MEA Joint Secretary (East Asia) Naveen Srivastava while the Director General of the Boundary and Oceanic Department of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs led the Chinese delegation.
Issuing a statement, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said, “The two sides reviewed the situation in the India-China border areas and the ongoing disengagement process along the Line of Actual Control (LAC )in the Western Sector. They agreed that early and complete disengagement of the troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and de-escalation from India-China border areas in accordance with bilateral agreement and protocols and full restoration of peace and tranquility was essential for the smooth overall development of bilateral relations.”
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Both sides also agreed to maintain their ongoing engagements both at the diplomatic and military level, including through the meetings of WMCC.
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