India and China to hold new round of border dialogue
New Delhi, Oct 5 (Prensa Latina) India and China will hold the seventh round of military talks on October 12 to address the de-escalation of tensions along the common border, it was announced in this capital.
For the occasion, Lieutenant General Harinder Singh will be replaced by Lieutenant General P.G.K. Menon in mid-October, although it is likely that the new talks will be attended by both officers on the Indian side, according to a Defense source this Sunday.
The delegation from the South Asian country will also have a representative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Daily News and Analysis newspaper reported.
After the previous sixth round of talks on September 21, both parties issued a joint statement in which they agreed to 'stop sending more troops to the front' and 'refrain from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground.'
Last week the XIX Meeting of the Working Mechanism for the Consultation and Coordination of Border Affairs was held virtually, after which India and China decided on a five-point agreement to ensure the separation of troops along the called the Royal Line of Control, which limits both countries, in order to fully restore peace in the border region.
A statement from the Indian Foreign Ministry noted that the respective delegations positively evaluated the sixth meeting of senior commanders and underlined the need to apply the measures outlined previously, to avoid misunderstandings and maintain stability on the ground.
They further stressed the need to strengthen communication and agreed to hold close consultations at the diplomatic and military level.
The two sides attached importance to the meetings between the respective ministers of defense and foreign affairs in early September.
Although the deployment of troops continued in various places on the northern and southern shores of Lake Pangong, the situation on the ground has remained calm since the five-point consensus decided between the two foreign ministers on September 10 in Moscow.
The pact of both diplomats, on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting in the Russian capital of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, called for the reduction of tensions through dialogue, separation and maintenance of an adequate distance between the troops on the border.
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