India and China on Friday decided to follow through with steps for “complete disengagement” of troops in eastern Ladakh for “full restoration” of peace and tranquillity along the Line of Actual Control in a fresh round of diplomatic talks to scale down tensions along the de facto border.
The talks were held under the framework of Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC), the Ministry of External Affairs said, that has been trying to defuse tensions following a clash between the two countries last month in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed.
It said the two sides reaffirmed to ensure complete disengagement of the troops along the Line of Actual Control for “full restoration” of peace and tranquility in the border areas in accordance with bilateral agreements and protocols.
“They also agreed that for the overall development of bilateral relations it was essential to maintain enduring peace and tranquillity in the border areas,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
The Indian delegation at the online talks was led by the Joint Secretary (East Asia) in the Ministry of External Affairs while the Chinese side was headed by the Director General of the Boundary and Oceanic Department in China’s foreign ministry.
“They reviewed the situation in the India-China border areas including the progress made in…