New Delhi, Sep 11: Amidst the heightened border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday held a high-level meeting to review the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
In the meeting, NSA Ajit Doval, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and the three services chiefs and top Defence Ministry officials were also present.
On the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) foreign ministers meet, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow on Thursday to resolve the border standoff. The meeting lasted for 2 hours 30 minutes.
Both the countries issued a joint statement and asserted that the five-point statement will “guide their approach to the current situation”.
Both countries also agreed that border troops of both sides should continue their dialogue, quickly disengage, maintain proper distance and ease tensions.
The Chinese have occupied Finger 4 to Finger 8 in the north bank of Pangong lake and as part of disengagement, India has repeatedly asked Chinese forces to go on its side of LAC and vacate the area.
India has marked its presence on the south bank of Pangong lake and several dominating heights close to China’s existing positions at Finger 4, north bank of the lake.
A Brigade commanders-level meeting is also underway at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh since 11am.