New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday warned the Chinese counterpart with stern warning and said that India believes in peace but the country is capable of giving befitting reply if instigated, be it any kind of situation. He also said that the sacrifice of our soldiers will not go in vain. 

"I would like to assure the nation that the sacrifice of our jawans will not be in vain. For us, the unity and sovereignty of the country is the most important...India wants peace but it is capable to give a befitting reply if instigated", PM Narendra Modi said as reported by ANI. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also said that the country is proud that our brave soldiers died while fighting for the nation and against the Chinese. "The country will be proud that our soldiers died fighting the Chinese," PM Modi said. 

PM Modi said India has always tried that differences do not become disputes. “The whole country is with the families of those who sacrificed their lives for the country. India will defend every stone, every inch of its territory. India is a peace loving country which has always tried to maintain cooperative and friendly relations with neighbours,” PM Modi added. 

The Prime Minister along with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and the chief ministers of 15 states and union territories, before starting a scheduled video conference on COVID-19 crisis also observed two minutes of silence in tribute to the brave soldiers.

The statement by the Prime came hours after he had called an all-party meet on June 19 to discuss the situation on Indo-China border. The virtual meet will be attended by the Presidents of various parties from across the country.  

Twenty Indian soldiers were killed in a violent clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan valley area on Monday evening, including a Indian Army Colonel identified as Santosh Babu.

The violent face-off happened on late evening and the night of June 15 in Ladakh's Galwan Valley as a result of an attempt by the Chinese troops to "unilaterally change" the status quo during de-escalation in Eastern Ladakh and the situation could have been avoided if the agreement at the higher level been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side, India said on June 16. 

Posted By: Talib Khan