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India, China foreign ministers have highest-level contact since border deal

A handout photo released by Indian Army on February 16, 2021 shows the disengagement process between Indian Army and China’s People’s Liberation Army from a contested area in the western Himalayas, in Ladakh region. Indian Army/Handout via REUTERS /File Photo

India said on Friday its foreign minister and his Chinese counterpart spoke on the phone on Thursday, the first such high-level contact since the neighbours last week agreed to pull back troops form eye-to-eye confrontation on their Himalayan border.



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“Once disengagement is completed at all friction points, then the two sides could also look at broader de-escalation of troops in the area and work towards restoration of peace and tranquility,” India’s foreign ministry said in a statement citing the conversation between Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar and China’s Wang Yi.

The two ministers agreed to remain in touch and establish a hotline, New Delhi said.


February 26, 2021

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