Seeking “resolution of issues” through talks, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said Monday that India’s neighbours should also think that “we will remain neighbours” and issues can be settled if the intentions are “pure”.
Speaking in Kyungam, 88 km from Leh, from where he inaugurated 63 bridges built by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) across eight states and Union Territories, Singh, without naming China, said “a big challenge had come up on the northern border, which we had to face” last year, and “no praise was enough” for the capability demonstrated by the Indian armed forces.
“I would like to say that our military has proven that it has bravery, courage and patience as well. Where patience is needed, our military shows patience, and where bravery and courage are needed, they demonstrate that too.”
“We have been, are and will remain neighbours. I am talking about all neighbours. Why can’t we find a resolution through talks? We need pure intentions,” he said.
“Our intentions are completely pure. But sometimes there are issues with neighbours. But the neighbours also have to think that we have been neighbours for years, and will remain neighbours for years.”
Singh was joined at the event via virtual mode, among others, by the Chief Ministers of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, and the Lt Governor of Ladakh who was there in…