Dushanbe, External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr. S. Jaishankar met State Councilor and Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on July 14 on the sidelines of the SCO Foreign Ministers’ meeting and had a detailed exchange of views on the current situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh and also on other issues related to the overall India-China relations.
Recalling their last meeting in Moscow in September 2020, the External Affairs Minister emphasised the need to follow through on the agreement reached then and complete the disengagement, resolving the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh at the earliest.
The EAM pointed out to State Councilor that the successful disengagement in the Pangong Lake Area earlier this year had created conditions for resolving the remaining issues. “It was expected that the Chinese side would work with us towards this objective, however, the situation in remaining areas is still unresolved,” Dr. Jaishankar observed.
The EAM recalled that both sides had agreed that a prolongation of the existing situation was not in the interest of either side. It was visibly impacting the relationship in a negative manner. Assessing the overall relationship, he emphasised that maintenance of peace and tranquility in the border areas has been the foundation for the development of ties since 1988. The attempts to change status quo last year that also disregarded commitments under the 1993 and 1996 agreements have inevitably affected ties.
Dr. Jaishankar stressed that it was, therefore, in mutual interest that the two sides work towards early resolution of the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh, while fully abiding by bilateral agreements and protocols.
The two Ministers noted the agreement between both sides in the last meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) on June 25 to hold another round of the Meeting of Senior Military Commanders. They agreed that this should be convened at the earliest.
They also agreed that in this meeting, the two sides should discuss all the remaining issues and seek a mutually acceptable solution. There was also an understanding that both sides will continue to ensure stability on the ground and neither side will take any unilateral action that could increase tension.
The two leaders also agreed to remain in touch.