Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 20
Officials from India and China had a “candid and in-depth exchange of views” on the present state of affairs within the border areas throughout a gathering of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) on India-China Border Affairs right here in the present day.
Working in the direction of full disengagement
- At the assembly, either side resolved to proceed to work sincerely in the direction of full disengagement of troops alongside the LAC within the western sector, stated the MEA
- Chinese troops have disengaged from Galwan valley and Hot Springs, however are but to vacate Pangong Tso’s Finger areas, Depsang and Gogra, say sources
The assembly was held three days after the Chinese Foreign Ministry stated Beijing would proceed to work with India to correctly handle variations and “jointly uphold the big picture of bilateral relations”.
A readout by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated either side agreed to resolve the excellent points in an expeditious method and in accordance with the present agreements and protocols. “The two sides were in agreement that restoration of peace and tranquillity in the border areas would be essential for the overall development of bilateral relations,” it said.
Sources say whereas Chinese troops have disengaged and moved again from the Galwan valley and Hot Springs, they’re but to vacate Pangong Tso’s Finger areas, Depsang and Gogra. The MEA stated either side on the assembly resolved to proceed to work sincerely in the direction of full disengagement of troops alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) within the western sector.
The two sides agreed to carry extra conferences at diplomatic and navy ranges to make sure full disengagement. The Indian delegation was led by Naveen Srivastava, MEA’s Joint Secretary (East Asia).
Incidentally, the MEA had expressed comparable sentiments after the final WMCC assembly in late July. It had then said “both sides agreed that an early and complete disengagement of the troops along the LAC in accordance with bilateral agreement and protocols was essential for overall development of bilateral relations”. This formulation was reiterated by the MEA official spokesperson in the present day as properly.