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East Ladakh issue needs to be resolved through discussion – Jayashankar

There is an urgent need to find a solution to the current situation along the Line of Control (LoC) in East Ladakh, said External Affairs Minister S.K. Jaishankar has expressed. Jaishankar, in talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, pointed out the need for an immediate solution.

The two leaders held talks on the sidelines of a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Dushanbe. He expressed his views on behalf of his country. Given the current situation in East Ladakh, there are still some questions that need to be resolved through political and military discussions, Jaishankar said. Officials from both countries urgently need to meet again to resolve the remaining issues, he said.

Jaishankar told Wang that the principle of cultural struggle has never been rewarded by India. On the contrary, relations between India and China should be good as the unity of Asia will depend on these two countries. Both countries should move forward respecting each other. China’s relations with India should not be viewed from the perspective of relations with third countries. Although he referred to it as a third country, the State Department’s statement used the word “third country” to describe it.

The two countries discussed the situation after the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan. According to the Foreign Ministry, the two leaders stressed the need for the two countries to broaden official-level discussions to resolve the remaining and pending issues in East Ladakh.

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