Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 14
Foreign Ministers S Jaishankar and Wang Yi met in Dushanbe on Wednesday and agreed to discuss all outstanding issues regarding tensions on the border at a meeting of military commanders and seek a mutually acceptable solution.
The meeting on the sidelines of the SCO Ministerial conference took place amidst reports of the PLA reoccupying some of the posts it had vacated along the LAC in the winters.
During their detailed exchange of views on the current situation along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh, Jaishankar pointed out to Wang that their earlier hopes had been belied.
“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. EAM noted however that the situation in remaining areas is still unresolved,” said the MEA’s readout on the talks.
Attempting to pick up the threads afresh, the two Ministers noted the agreement in the last meeting of the 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,” said the Indian read out.
The two Ministers had made similar commitments as at Dushanbe during their last meeting in Moscow on September 10, 2020.
Jaishankar referred to this aspect and 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 Minister 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 peace and tranquillity in the border areas is the foundation for the development of ties since 1988. The attempts to change the status quo last year that also disregarded commitments under the 1993 and 1996 agreements have inevitably affected ties.
“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,” Jaishankar told Wang.