India-China diplomatic talks: Both sides agree to strictly respect, observe Line of Actual Control, says MEA

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Updated: Jun 24, 2020 8:09 PM

The Indian side conveyed to China its concerns on recent developments in eastern Ladakh, the MEA further said in its statement on diplomatic talks between India and China.

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India China Ladakh faceoff: The Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday issued a statement detailing the developments that took place in the diplomatic talks and discussions between the Indian and Chinese sides following the violent clashes between the troops in Galwan Valley of Ladakh.

The MEA stated that the Indian and the Chinese side discussed in detail developments in border areas including the situation in eastern Ladakh.

The Indian side conveyed to China its concerns on recent developments in eastern Ladakh, the MEA further said in its statement on diplomatic talks between India and China.

During the diplomatic talks with China, the Indian side also raised the issue of violent face-off in Galwan Valley on June 15, MEA added.

The Ministry of External Affairs further stated that in the talks it was emphasised that both sides should strictly respect and observe Line of Actual Control.

Both the Indian and Chinese sides agreed to maintain communication at diplomatic and military levels to resolve the existing situation peacefully, the MEA avered.

The two sides recalled the conversation last week between the External Affairs Minister (EAM) and the Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister and reaffirmed that both sides should sincerely implement the understanding on disengagement and de-escalation that was reached by the Senior Commanders on June 6th, the MEA further added in its statement.

In what showed further signs of positive talks between the two sides, MEA said that the two delegations agreed that implementation of this understanding expeditiously, in accordance with the bilateral agreements and protocols, would help ensure peace and tranquillity in border areas and development of broader relationship between two countries.

The diplomatic talks took place between the two sides during the 15th meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) which was held via video-conferencing on Wednesday. In the meeting, the Indian delegation was led by Joint Secretary (East Asia), while Director General of the Department of Boundary & Oceanic Affairs of the Chinese MFA led the Chinese delegation, ANI reported.

During the talks, the two sides also agreed that “the implementation of this understanding expeditiously, in accordance with the bilateral agreements and protocols, would help ensure peace and tranquillity in border areas and the development of broader relationship between the two countries,” the MEA stated.

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