New Delhi (NVI): External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar held a telephonic conversation with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi yesterday afternoon, and emphasized that both sides should now quickly resolve the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh.
The two foreign ministers discussed the situation along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh and also issues related to overall India-China relations, according to a statement issued by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
Noting the completion of disengagement in Pangong Lake area, Jaishankar said that once disengagement is completed at all friction points, then the two sides could also look at broader de-escalation of troops in the area and work towards restoration of peace and tranquility.
Furthermore, he noted that bilateral relations have been impacted severely over last year.
“EAM said that Boundary Question may take time to resolve but disturbance of peace and tranquility including by violence, will inevitably have a damaging impact on the relationship,” the statement added.
During the conversation, he referred to the meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister in September 2020 in Moscow where Indian side had expressed its concern on provocative behavior and unilateral attempts of the Chinese side to alter status quo.
He said that during their meeting in Moscow last year, both Ministers had agreed that the situation in the border areas was not in the interest of either side and decided that the border troops of both sides should continue their dialogue, quickly disengage and ease tensions.
Both the sides had maintained continuous communication since then through both the diplomatic and military channels.
This had led to progress as both sides had successfully disengaged in the Pangong Tso Lake area earlier this month.
On his part, the Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, expressed satisfaction at the progress made so far.
He felt that both sides should make efforts to consolidate outcomes. It was also necessary to sincerely implement the common understanding reached at various levels. He spoke about the need to improve management and control in the border areas.
In addition to this, Jaishankar highlighted that both sides had always agreed that maintenance of peace and tranquility in border areas was essential basis for development of bilateral relations.
“A prolongation of the existing situation was not in the interest of either side. It was, therefore, necessary that the two sides should work towards early resolution of remaining issues,” the statement read.
It added, “It was necessary to disengage at all friction points in order to contemplate de-escalation of forces in this sector. That alone will lead to the restoration of peace and tranquility and provide conditions for progress of our bilateral relationship.”
The Chinese minister also noted that the Indian side had proposed ‘three mutuals’ (mutual respect, mutual sensitivity and mutual interests) as the approach to the relationship.
“He also agreed on the importance of taking the long view of our ties. The two Ministers agreed to remain in touch and establish a hotline,” MEA stated.