Indian PM Narendra Modi has arrived in Ladakh amid flaring border tensions with China. PM Modi has been accompanied to Ladakh by the Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief Gen MM Naravane.
Earlier visuals of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's arrival in Ladakh, he was later briefed by senior officials in Nimmoo. pic.twitter.com/fDO6qvpMcM
— ANI (@ANI) July 3, 2020
PM Narendra Modi landed in Leh, Ladakh on Friday morning on a closely-guarded visit to the union territory that has been at the center of the standoff with China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops since early May.
— DD News (@DDNewslive) July 3, 2020
According to Indian DD News: PM @narendramodi makes surprise visit to #Ladakh; he is at present at one of the forward locations in Nimu and is interacting with personnel of Army, Air Force and ITBP.
While Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is expected to go to western sector, Gen Bipin Rawat will be notified by the XIV Corps Commander Lt General Harinder Singh and will take note of real situation on the ground.
Although Indian MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) spokesman called for expeditious dis-engagement from the border, the de-escalation process will take time with the PLA looks disinterested to quickly disengage, according to reports.
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Officials in New Delhi had told media that China agreed to “pull back” its soldiers from Galwan Valley to the Hot Springs area, as an agreement was built to create some distance between Indian and Chinese troops, who are eyeball to eyeball and create a buffer zone to avoid any further escalation.
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