MEA, Army in marathon LAC talks with China

Written by Krishn Kaushik
| New Delhi |

Updated: September 22, 2020 7:32:43 am

This is the first time that an official of the MEA is part of the military talks between the two sides. (File/Representational)

Eleven days after their Foreign Ministers reached an agreement in Moscow to “continue dialogue” and “quickly disengage” troops to “ease tensions” along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, Indian and Chinese military commanders returned to the talks table Monday to try and resolve the situation.

Until late in the night, the meeting which began in the morning — the sixth round of discussions at the Corps Commander-level since the start of the standoff early May — was still on at Moldo, the border meeting point on the Chinese side near Chushul.

The Indian team, led by XIV Corps Commander Lt General Harinder Singh, included Lt General PGK Menon from Army headquarters. He is tipped to take charge of the Leh-based Corps in October.

Also in the team was Naveen Srivastava, Joint Secretary (East Asia) in the Ministry of External Affairs. He has been dealing with his Chinese counterparts at the meetings of the Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) to dial down tensions.

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