India, China agree on ‘early and complete’ disengagement from Ladakh

Amid reports that Chinese troops are reluctant to step back further from Pangong Tso and Patrolling Point 17A at Gogra, two of four friction points along the LAC, the two countries on Friday agreed for an “early and complete” disengagement.

Both India and reviewed the situation in eastern Ladakh during a fresh round of online diplomatic talks under the framework of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on border affairs.

The MEA said the two sides agreed at the Friday talks that another meeting of their senior army commanders may be held soon to work out further steps to ensure complete disengagement “expeditiously”.

“They agreed that early and complete disengagement of the troops along the Line of Actual Control and de-escalation from India-China border areas in accordance with bilateral agreement and protocols and full restoration of peace and tranquility was essential for smooth overall development of bilateral relations,” it said in a statement.

Both sides commenced the disengagement process from July 6 following talks between NSA Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

In Friday’s talks, the MEA said both sides agreed that it was necessary to “sincerely” implement the understandings reached between senior commanders till date.

“The two sides agreed that another meeting of the Senior Commanders may be held soon so as to work out further steps.”

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