Ladakh Standoff | 'Mutual consensus to disengage': Army on India-China talks over Galwan Valley clash
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Indian Army on Tuesday said that the talks between the Corps commanders between India and China were "cordial, positive and constructive" and that there was "mutual consensus" to disengage to reduce the tensions between the two sides in the region.
"Corps Commander level talks between India-China yesterday were held at Moldo in cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere. There was mutual consensus to disengage. Modalities for disengagement from all friction areas in Eastern Ladakh were discussed and will be taken forward by both sides," the Indian Army said in a statement, as reported by news agency ANI.
The top commanders of Indian and Chinese Armies on Monday held an 11 hour long meeting to reduce the tensions in the region after the violent clash at the Galwan Valley which claimed the lives of 20 Indian soldiers, including a Colonel rank officer.
The meeting was held at Moldo on the Chinese side of Chushul sector in eastern Ladakh. It began at 11.30 am and continued till night. This was the second round of talks between the two nations to reduce the tensions in the region. The first round of the Lieutenant General talks was also held on June 6 at the same.
The focus of the deliberations was on finalising modalities for disengagement of troops in eastern Ladakh, news agency PTI quoted sources as saying.
The situation between India and China deteriorated along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) after the Galwan Valley clash in which 20 Indian soldiers lost their lives. According to Indian intelligence, the Chinese side suffered 43 casualties in the clash, reported ANI.
Following the clash, the Army moved thousands of additional troops to forward locations while the Indian Air Force (IAF) moved a sizable number of its frontline Sukhoi 30 MKI, Jaguar, Mirage 2000 aircraft and Apache attack helicopters to several key air bases including Leh and Srinagar.
Meanwhile, the government asked the armed forces to be "fully ready to give befitting reply to any Chinese misadventure" in eastern Ladakh and other sectors and has decided to adopt a "different tactical approach in guarding border with China henceforth".
The clash in Galwan Valley is the biggest confrontation between the two militaries after their 1967 clashes in Nathu La when India lost around 80 soldiers while the death toll on the Chinese side was over 300.
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