Jaishankar meets Wang Yi, discusses developments in India-China border areas, India-China relations

Moscow [Russia], September 11 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Thursday in Moscow on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting to discuss developments in the India-China border areas as well as on India-China relations.

September 11, 2020

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Moscow [Russia], September 11 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Thursday in Moscow on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting to discuss developments in the India-China border areas as well as on India-China relations.
According to a joint press statement, “Both the Ministers had a frank and constructive discussion on the developments in the India-China border areas as well as on India-China relations.”
“The two Ministers agreed that both sides should take guidance from the series of consensus of the leaders on developing India-China relations, including not allowing differences to become disputes,” it read.
They also agreed that the current situation in the border areas is not in the interest of either side. “They agreed therefore that the border troops of both sides should continue their dialogue, quickly disengage, maintain proper distance and ease tensions.”
The statement further read, “The two Ministers agreed that both sides shall abide by all the existing agreements and protocol on China-India boundary affairs, maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas and avoid any action that could escalate matters.”
“The two sides also agreed to continue to have dialogue and communication through the Special Representative mechanism on the India-China boundary question. They also agreed in this context that the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China border affairs (WMCC) should also continue its meetings,” the statement said.
Further, the Ministers agreed that as the situation eases, the two sides should expedite work to conclude new Confidence Building Measures to maintain and enhance peace and tranquillity in the border areas. (ANI)

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