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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visits Leh, first time since Galwan Clash.

Shubham Jaiswal (shubhjaiswal729@gmail.com)

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh arrived in Leh on Friday. This is his first visit to the region after tensions with China soared following a spate of intrusions and mass mobilisation of troops by both countries along the common border.

Singh is to visit some forward areas besides getting briefed on the current security situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) border.

The visit comes days after senior commanders of India and China met at Chushul In the Indian side of the border in Tuesday to take stock of the first phase of a de-escalation and disengagement, and work on the next steps of the process.

A statement from the Indian army on Thursday said that the process was intricate—a pointer to the difficulties in resolving the problem.

“The two sides remain committed to the objective of complete disengagement,” the army statement said, adding the “process is intricate and requires constant verification.”

“They (India and China) are taking it (disengagement and de-escalation) forward through regular meetings at diplomatic and military level,” it added.

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