New Delhi hopes that Chinese side will strictly respect & observe LAC: MEA
India has said the Chinese side should sincerely work with the Indian side for complete disengagement at the earliest from all friction areas including Pangong Lake as well as de-escalation in border areas.
Briefing the media virtually this evening, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said New Delhi hopes that the Chinese side will strictly respect and observe the line of actual control and not make further attempts to unilaterally change status quo. He said India is committed to a peaceful dialogue with the Chinese side, including through diplomatic and military channels.
External Affairs Minister met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Moscow on 10th September and reached an agreement which outlines the way forward. This meeting followed the meeting that the two Defence Ministers had in Moscow on 4th September. There was consensus between the Ministers of the two sides during both the meetings, that there should be quick and complete disengagement of troops from all friction areas along the LAC.
Mr Srivastava said both sides should, therefore, focus on easing tensions in the friction areas by refraining from any actions that may lead to an escalation in the situation. He said this requires strict adherence to the bilateral agreements and protocols and not making unilateral attempts to change the status quo.