Ram Nath Kovind, who on Thursday became the second Indian president to visit Siachen base camp of the Indian Army, expressed gratitude to the soldiers posted there, saying their bravery and valour had given every Indian the confidence that the borders were safe and secure.
Kovind, also the Supreme Commander of Indian armed forces, visited Siachen base camp, which is sometimes also referred to as the “Third Pole” where temperatures can dip to minus 50 degrees Celsius.
Addressing the soldiers, Kovind said he had come to Siachen to iterate to the troops posted here that all citizens of India and Government of India were always with them and supportive of their families.
“In such a situation, it is extraordinary for soldiers to stay in a state of constant mobilisation and combat readiness. Their determination and dedication is worthy of the highest praise – and their allegiance to the defence of India is an ideal for all our fellow citizens,” the president said.