Asserting that it was necessary to complete the process of disengagement in eastern Ladakh “at the earliest”, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday conveyed to his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi the need for “full and sincere” implementation of an agreement on restoration of peace and tranquility in the region.
The issue figured during a phone conversation that was initiated by Wang to convey China’s sympathies to India on the COVID-19 situation.
Also on Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed his “sincere sympathies” in a message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the pandemic situation in India and offered to provide support and help to deal with the current surge of COVID-19 cases in the country.
After his conversation with Wang, Jaishankar tweeted “also discussed the issue of full and sincere implementation of the Moscow Agreement of complete disengagement at all friction points along the LAC and full restoration of peace and tranquility in Eastern Ladakh. Agreed to continue discussions in this respect.”
The Ministry of External Affairs said the two ministers discussed the outstanding issues related to disengagement from all friction points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.
“The External Affairs Minister conveyed that while the process of disengagement had commenced earlier this year, it remained unfinished. He emphasized that it was necessary that this process be completed at the earliest,” it said in a statement.
“Full restoration of peace and tranquility in the border areas would enable progress in the bilateral relationship.