Defence Minister says, China should work with India for complete disengagement from all friction areas.He leaves for Tehran after SCO meet at Moscow
The Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held frank and in-depth discussions, with his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe, about the developments in the India-China border areas as well as on India-China relations.
The Defence Minister’s office said, Mr Singh emphasized that the actions of the Chinese troops, including amassing a large number of troops, their aggressive behaviour and attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo, were in violation of the bilateral agreements. Mr Singh categorically conveyed India’s position on the developments along the Line of Actual Control including in the Galwan valley in the Western Sector of the India-China Border Areas in the last few months.
China Defence Minister said that both sides should scrupulously implement the consensus reached between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The Minister suggested that both sides should maintain communication at all levels including between the two Ministers.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also met with his counterparts from Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in Moscow today. After meeting Tajikistan Defence Minister Colonel General Sherali Mirzo, Mr Singh in a tweet, termed the talks as fruitful and discussions included a wide spectrum of India-Tajikistan defence relations.
With his Kazakhstan counterpart Lieutenant General Nurlan Yermekbayev, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh discussed ways to add further momentum to India-Kazakhstan defence cooperation with Lieutenant General Nurlan Yermekbayev. After his interaction with Uzbekistan Defence Minister Major General Kurbanov Bakhodir Nizamovich, Mr Singh said in a tweet that Defence Cooperation remains an important pillar of India- Uzbekistan bilateral relations.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has left Moscow for Iran today where he will meet his Iranian counterpart Brigadier General Amir Hatami and discuss bilateral defence ties. Mr Singh was in Moscow on a three-day visit to Russia to attend a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) defence ministers. On the sidelines of the SCO meeting, he also held bilateral talks with his counterparts from Russia, China and the Central Asian countries.