Moscow: Moscow on Friday organized two hours of talks between Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fengahi to end the ongoing conflict in eastern Ladakh. At the meeting, Rajnath Singh insisted on restoring the status quo by April at the border and the rapid withdrawal of troops from both sides.
High-level meeting held for the first time amid tensions
Let’s say this was the first high-level face-to-face meeting between the two countries since the tensions in eastern Ladakh. Previously, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval had a telephone conversation with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to resolve the impasse.
The meeting lasted two hours and 20 minutes
Defense sources said the meeting between Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Chinese Defense Minister General Wei Fengahi in Moscow lasted two hours and 20 minutes. At this meeting, the Indian delegation sharply criticized the Chinese military’s new efforts to change the status quo on the southern shore of Lake Pangong. At the same time, the focus has been on breaking the deadlock through more talks. The two defense ministers discussed ways to break the border deadlock.
Meeting held in a large hotel in Moscow
Defense Secretary Ajay Kumar and Indian Ambassador to Russia DB Venkatesh Verma were also included in the Indian delegation in the talks which began around 9:30 p.m. Friday night at a major hotel in Moscow. According to sources, the Chinese defense minister proposed this conversation. The two leaders are in Moscow to attend the meeting of SCO defense ministers.
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Rajnath gave a clear message to China
Earlier, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, in his speech to the SCO, said that for peace and security in the region, a climate of trust, non-aggression, respect for international rules and peaceful settlement dispute was necessary. His speech is seen as an indirect message to China. After the Defense Minister, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar may also travel to Russia next week to attend the SCO Foreign Ministers’ meeting.