Defense Minister Rajnath Singh holds meeting with NSA Ajit Doval and CDS General Rawat, discusses LAC situation

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New Delhi: Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday reviewed the overall security situation in East Ladakh. Sources gave this information. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff General MM Narwane, Naval Chief Admiral Karambir Singh and Chief of the Air Force RKS Bhadauria attended the meeting.

Sources said all important aspects of the border dispute with China in eastern Ladakh were discussed. He said that future steps to deal with the situation were discussed. The review was carried out in view of the assessment of the army not showing seriousness to the proposal of resolving deadlock on the border in eastern Ladakh. The deadlock in military negotiations has come as the Indian Army has strongly insisted that the Chinese military have to restore the status quo of April this year to resolve the dispute that has been going on for three months.

Sources said that the Indian Army has clearly conveyed to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China that the ‘change’ in the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is not acceptable to it. India and China have held several rounds of military and diplomatic talks in the last two and a half months but no significant progress has been made to resolve the border dispute in East Ladakh. The two sides held diplomatic-level next-stage talks on Thursday following which the Ministry of External Affairs said that they had agreed to resolve pending issues in an expeditious manner and in accordance with the agreed agreement and procedure.

However, sources said that no significant solution could be reached at the meeting. The formal withdrawal of troops began on July 6, a day after telephone conversations between NSA Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. However, the process did not proceed since mid-July. Sources said that the Chinese army has retreated from the Galvan Valley and some other places of confrontation but there has been no withdrawal of troops from Pangong Tso, Depsang and some other places.

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