China Has Not Yet Completed the Process of Withdrawing Troops From East Ladakh : Foreign Ministry

New Delhi : India said on Thursday that the withdrawal of troops from East Ladakh is not yet completed, although some progress has been made. It is worth mentioning that in some reports which came two days ago, China had allegedly claimed that the exercise of withdrawing troops from both the countries from the advance front has been completed at most of the places along the border. China also said that the situation on the ground was normalizing.

“There has been some progress towards this objective but the process of retreat has not been completed,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava told reporters via online in response to questions asked about the Chinese claim. He said the senior commanders of the two armies would meet in the “near future” to discuss the steps to be taken to complete the retreat process. Srivastava said, “As we have already said that maintaining peace in the border areas is the basis of our bilateral relations.”

He said, “Therefore, we hope that the Chinese side will work with us seriously as soon as possible to fully retreat, reduce tensions and restore complete peace in the border region, which was agreed between our special representatives.”

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