Union Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Friday visited Leh to review the situation in the eastern Ladakh amid disengagement process between Indian and Chinese troops at the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
He will also be visiting the forward areas in eastern Ladakh where he will be interacting with the soldiers in an order to boost them up. Rajnath Singh will be briefed by the Indian Army Chief, Army Commander and the Corps Commander about the latest on-ground situation after the disengagement process at the Line of Actual Control.
Meanwhile, Indian Army T-90 tanks and BMP infantry combat vehicles carried out an exercise at Stakna, Leh in the presence of the Defence Minister, Chief of Defence Staff and the Army Chief. Also, the troops of the Indian Armed Forces carried out para dropping.
It is the first visit of Defence Minister to Ladakh ever since the faceoff with China started. Rajnath Singh is likely to visit Atal Tunnel, previously known as Rohtang Tunnel, which was named after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The Defence Minister is scheduled to head towards Jammu and Kashmir after Ladakh visit to review the situation on Line of Control (LoC).
While addressing soldiers, Rajnath Singh said that "Recently what happened between troops of India and China at PP14, how some of our personnel sacrificed their lives protecting our border. I am happy to meet you all but also saddened because of their loss. I pay my tributes to them."
"Talks are underway to resolve the border dispute but to what extent it can be resolved I cannot guarantee. I can assure you, not one inch of our land can be taken by any power in the world. If a solution can be found by talks, there is nothing better," he said.