India and China on Thursday agreed to hold the next round of military-level talks at an early date in view of the complete withdrawal of troops from other areas of conflict in eastern Ladakh. According to the statement of the Ministry of External Affairs, in the meeting held through digital medium of the Working Mechanism for Discussion and Coordination on Border Affairs (WMCC), both the sides expressed “clear and depth” regarding the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. Discussed with and reviewed developments after the last military level talks.
According to the statement of the ministry, “It was agreed that in accordance with the existing bilateral agreements and protocols, to achieve the objective of a complete withdrawal from all areas of conflict along the LAC in the Western Sector, the Senior Military Commander at some point of time soon The next round (14th) meeting of the level will be held. The Eastern Ladakh region is officially addressed as the Western Sector.
According to the statement, it was also agreed that till then both the sides will maintain stability at the ground level in the interim and avoid any untoward incident. “The two sides also recalled the agreement reached during the meeting between External Affairs Minister Jaishankar and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Dushanbe in September that the two sides will hold talks to resolve the remaining issues along the LAC in eastern Ladakh,” it said. Will continue to do so.