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India, China agree for early disengagement of troops from eastern Ladakh

India and China have agreed on “early and complete disengagement of troops” along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh in accordance with bilateral agreement and protocols. The two sides will hold another round of military talks soon.

“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 tranquillity was essential for the smooth overall development of bilateral relations,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.

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Both the countries reviewed the situation in the region during a fresh round of online diplomatic talks under the framework of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) on border affairs on July 24th, 2020. The virtual meeting, which was led by Naveen Srivastava, joint secretary (East Asia) in the MEA, reviewed the disengagement process along the LAC in eastern Ladakh.

“They agreed in this regard that it was necessary for both sides to sincerely implement the understandings reached between senior commanders in their meetings till date,” the MEA said.

“The two sides agreed that another meeting of the Senior Commanders may be held soon so as to work out further steps to ensure expeditiously complete disengagement and de-escalation and restoration of peace and tranquillity in the border areas,” it added.

It may be mentioned that around 20 Indian Army jawans were martyred in the Indo-China stand-off at Galwan valley on June 15th, 2020.

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