India officially stated on Friday that the nation is hopeful to work with China and disengage troops which are remaining in areas of eastern Ladakh as soon as possible. It was stated that it can be only done through de-escalation of tension that peace and tranquillity can be restored in border areas and bilateral ties among both the nations can be improved.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that both nations are in touch through military and diplomatic channels. He referred to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s comments that if present situation is stretched then it will cause harm to both sides. He said that they are hoping Chinese will work with them to carry out disengagement in remaining areas.
He said that only de-escalation of forces in borders can help in prevailing peace and tranquility across the region and improve bilateral relations. He said that both nations have come to a consensus they should quickly resolve conflicting issues.
Bagchi said that disengagement of troops in Pangong Lake area is an important step and it will lead to resolution of other remaining issues along the Line of Actual Control in western sector. He said that both nations held meetings under Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) where senior commanders met and discussed issues related to border affairs.
As disengagement continued in Pangong lake area, India and China organised 10th round of military talks, a WMCC meeting and a telephonic conversation between the foreign ministers of both nations.
Indian and Chinese armies engaged in a conflict which started on May 5 last year in the Pangong lake areas. After that, both sides started deploying more troops and tensions increased on border. Both nations organized multiple military and diplomatic talks and only after that complete withdrawal of troops and weapons from the North and South banks of Pangong lake became possible in February.
India demanded resolution of current conflict issues in Depsang, Hot Springs and Gogra on meeting held on February 20. India has consistently maintained that peace and tranquility must prevail along the border if we want to improve overall ties between both nations.