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India, China Reaffirm Commitment to Complete Troop Disengagement Along LAC

© AFP 2023 / BIJU BOROIndian Army personnel keep vigilance at Bumla pass at the India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh. (File)
Indian Army personnel keep vigilance at Bumla pass at the India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh. (File) - Sputnik International
NEW DELHI (Sputnik) - Indian and Chinese diplomats have held another meeting and reaffirmed their commitment to work toward complete disengagement of troops along the Line of Actual Control, Indian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said on Thursday.

"During the meeting, the two sides had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on the existing situation in the India-China border areas. Both sides have reaffirmed that the two sides will continue to sincerely work towards complete disengagement of the troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Western Sector in accordance with the agreements reached between the two Foreign Ministers and the two Special Representatives (SRs) during their conversation on 5th July," the statement reads.

According to Srivastava, the complete troop disengagement in the region could be reached "only through mutually agreed reciprocal actions."

"In this context, in the last meeting of the WMCC the two sides have agreed to resolve the outstanding issues in an expeditious manner and in accordance with the existing agreements and protocols," the statement added.

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