New Delhi: Amid India and China trying to sort differences owing to the June 15 border clash which resulted in the loss of lives of 20 Indian solidiers, the Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday said that both the countries have agreed to maintain communication at diplomatic as well as military level. “It was emphasised that India-China should strictly respect and observe the line of actual control,” the ministry added. Also Read - Ladakh Standoff: India, China to Hold 4th Round of Corps Commander Level Meeting Today
“India-China discussed in detail developments in border areas,in particular,situation in Eastern Ladakh. Indian side conveyed its concerns on recent developments in Eastern Ladakh, including on violent face off in Galwan Valley area on 15 June,” the Ministry said. Also Read - Boycott China: Chinese Toys, Rakhis & Decorative Lights May Not be Sold This Festive Season
“Two delegations agreed that implementation of this understanding expeditiously, in accordance with the bilateral agreements & protocols, would help ensure peace and tranquillity in border areas&development of broader relationship b/w two countries,” the MEA stated. Also Read - 'Look at This Beauty': Internet Left Amazed After Pictures of India's Only 'Golden Tiger' Go Viral
Notably, the statement by the MEA comes after the Chinese counterpart said that Beijing and New Delhi are ‘important neighbours to each other’. The Chinese foreign ministry also asserted that maintaining peace and tranquillity along the Sino-India border is in the common interests of both the parties and requires joint efforts.
However, the Chinese foreign and the defence ministries said that India was responsible for the June 15 violent face-off in eastern Ladakh
The Indian and Chinese armies are engaged in the standoff in Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley, Demchok and Daulat Beg Oldie in eastern Ladakh. A sizable number of Chinese Army personnel even transgressed into the Indian side of the de-facto border in several areas including Pangong Tso.