Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to intensity efforts at “expeditious disengagement and de-escalation” along Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said on Thursday.
At a media briefing, Kwatra said PM Modi conveyed to Xi concerns on the “unresolved” issues along LAC during a conversation on the sidelines of the BRICS summit. During the interaction, PM Modi underlined that maintenance of peace and tranquillity in border areas and observing and respecting the LAC are essential for normalisation of India-China relations, he further said.
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Nine months after they last met during the G20 Summit in Bali, PM Modi and Xi spoke to each other and shook hands at the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg Thursday as they joined other leaders to announce the expansion of the grouping. Xi is expected to travel to New Delhi for the G20 Summit being hosted by India on September 9-10.
A conversation between the two leaders holds the prospect of moving the needle forward – ties between India and China nosedived following incursions by the Chinese PLA in eastern Ladakh in May 2020.
In recent days, commanders of the two countries have held a series of talks to resolve issues relating to the military standoff along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh since May 2020.