NEW DELHI: The foreign ministers of India and China on Thursday discussed the situation along the LAC in eastern Ladakh and bilateral relations between the two countries over a phone call.
The 75-minute phone call saw external affair minister
referring to the meeting with the Chinese foreign minister in September 2020 in Moscow where the Indian side had expressed its concern on provocative behaviour and unilateral attempts of the Chinese side to alter the status quo.
Jaishankar said that such attempts will inevitably have a damaging impact on the relationship.
The minister further emphasised that both sides should now quickly resolve the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh. The minister said that 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 the restoration of peace and tranquillity.
State councillor and foreign minister
, on his part, expressed satisfaction at the progress made so far. "It was an important step forward for the restoration of peace and tranquillity in border areas," he said.
The two ministers agreed to remain in touch and establish a hotline.