Claiming that the situation in eastern Ladakh as “very serious”, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday called for a “very very deep conversation” between the political leads of the two countries-India and China.
The statement came close on the heels after the government official confirmed that Indian troops and soldiers of Chinese PLA engaged in another exchange of firing near the Pangong Lake in Ladakh. “Clearly peace and tranquillity is the basis for the relationship said the External Affairs Minister.
S Jaishankar is likely to have his first in-person meeting with his Chinese counterpart since the standoff while he was scheduled to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation foreign ministers’ meeting between September 9 to 11.
It can be recalled that General Wei Fenghe from China and defence minister Rajnath Singh from India on Saturday addressed disengagement and de-escalation at the LOC. Sources confirmed that the meeting was more of a blame game while Indian representatives claimed that the Indian troops had always taken a very responsible approach towards border management.