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Army Chief briefs Rajnath on eastern Ladakh situation

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, June 26 - Army Chief Gen MM Naravane on Friday briefed Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on the overall situation in eastern Ladakh as well as India�s military preparedness in the region where Indian and Chinese troops are locked in a bitter standoff, official sources said.

The Army Chief was in Ladakh on a two-day visit from June 23 to take stock of the situation.

�The Chief of the Army Staff apprised the Defence Minister about the situation in eastern Ladakh,� said a military source. Singh was on a three-day visit to Russia from June 22-24.

On Thursday, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the conduct of the Chinese forces in the region is in �complete disregard� of all mutually agreed norms, and warned that �continuation of the current situation would only vitiate the atmosphere for the development of the relationship� between India and China.

The Indian and Chinese armies are locked in a bitter standoff in multiple locations in eastern Ladakh for the last six weeks, and the tension escalated manifold after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a violent clash in Galwan Valley on June 15.

Senior military commanders of the two armies on Monday held a nearly 11-hour meeting during which they arrived at a �mutual consensus� to �disengage� from all the friction points in eastern Ladakh in a gradual manner.

The two sides on Wednesday held diplomatic talks under the framework of Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs. � PTI

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