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Amid tension in Ladakh, hotline between Indian Army and PLA established in Sikkim

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A hotline was established between Indian Army in Kongra La, North Sikkim and PLA at Khamba Dzong in Tibetan Autonomous Region on Sunday amid ongoing tension in eastern Ladakh.

“A hotline was established between Indian Army in Kongra La, North Sikkim and PLA at Khamba Dzong in Tibetan Autonomous Region to further the spirit of trust and cordial relations along the borders. The event coincided with PLA Day on 01 Aug 2021,” the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

The Armed forces of the two countries have well-established mechanisms for communication at ground commanders level. “These hotlines in various sectors go a long way in enhancing the same and maintaining peace and tranquility at the borders,” it added.

The inauguration was attended by ground commanders of the respective Armies and a message of friendship and harmony was exchanged through the Hotline.

Meanwhile, India on Saturday pressed for an early disengagement of troops and weapons in Hot Springs, Gogra and other remaining friction points in eastern Ladakh during the 12th round of military talks with China that lasted for around nine hours, sources in the security establishment said, reported news agency PTI.

India has been insisting that the resolution of the outstanding issues, including at Depsang, Hot Springs and Gogra, is essential for the overall ties between the two countries.

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