PM Modi, Chinese Prez Xi Jinping agree on 'expeditious de-escalation' in Ladakh
On the sidelines of the BRICS Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked with Chinese President Xi Jinping about India's concerns about the unresolved issues along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, and the two leaders agreed to direct their relevant officials to "intensify efforts at expeditious disengagement and de-escalation."
Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra said during a press briefing on India's participation in the 15th BRICS summit that Prime Minister Modi interacted with other BRICS leaders.
He stated that during his talk with the Chinese President, PM Modi stressed the need to maintain peace in border areas as well as observe and respect the LAC for the normalisation of India-China relations.
The Prime Minister met with other BRICS leaders. The Prime Minister raised India's concerns about outstanding issues along the LAC in the western sector of the India-China border areas in a conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The Prime Minister emphasized the need to maintain peace and tranquillity in border areas, as well as observing and respecting the LAC.
"In this regard, the two leaders agreed to direct their relevant officials to intensify efforts at expeditious disengagement and de-escalation," he further said.
Earlier this month, India and China held the 19th round of Corps Commander Level discussions at the Chushul-Moldo meeting point on the Indian side.
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the two parties held a positive, constructive, and in-depth discussion about resolving the remaining concerns along the LAC in the Western Sector.
“In line with the guidance provided by the leadership, they exchanged views in an open and forward-looking manner. They agreed to resolve the remaining issues in an expeditious manner and maintain the momentum of dialogue and negotiations through military and diplomatic channels. In the interim, the two sides agreed to maintain the peace and tranquillity on the ground in the border areas."
- With inputs from agencies