India, China agree to maintain dialogue: MEA

29-10-2020

New Delhi, Oct 29 (UNI) India and China have agreed to maintain dialogue through military and diplomatic channels in a bid to disengage and de-escalate along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh.

Addressing the virtual weekly briefing here on Thursday, official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Anurag Srivastava said, “The last round of the Senior Commander talks held on October 12 enabled in-depth discussions between the two sides resulting in enhanced understanding of each other’s positions.”

“The two sides had agreed to maintain dialogue through military and diplomatic channels and arrive at a mutually acceptable solution for disengagement as early as possible,” he said.

They had also agreed to implement the understandings reached by the leaders of the two countries, not to turn differences into disputes, and jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in the border areas, the spokesperson said.

“Accordingly we have maintained communications with the Chinese side with a view to arrive at a mutually acceptable solution to the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh and restore full peace and tranquility,” he added.

On 2+2 India-US Ministerial Dialogue that held on October 27 here, Mr Srivastava said, “… I remind you that EAM had stated that the Indo-Pacific region was a particular focus of our talks. We reiterated the importance of peace, stability and prosperity for all countries in this region. This is possible only by upholding the rules based international order, ensuring the freedom of navigation in the international seas, promoting open connectivity and respecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all states.”