PM Modi on Galwan face-off: ‘India wants peace but capable of giving befitting reply if provoked’

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By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 17, 2020 3:42:45 pm

In first meeting with CMs post Unlock 1.0, PM focus is economy Prime Minister Narendra Modi has convened an all-party virtual meet on Friday

In first remarks on the deaths of 20 Army personnel in violent clashes with Chinese troops in the Galwan valley, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said India wanted peace but was capable of giving a befitting reply if instigated.

“India wants peace but when instigated, India is capable of giving a befitting reply, be it any kind of situation,” PM Modi said during a virtual meeting with the chief ministers of 15 states on the Covid-19 situation.

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“I would like to assure the nation that the sacrifice of our jawans will not be in vain. For us, the unity and sovereignty of the country is the most important,” PM Modi further said.

In a mark of tribute to the slain soldiers, one of whom was a commanding officer of 16 Bihar, PM Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and the chief ministers observed a two-minute silence.

#WATCH — I would like to assure the nation that the sacrifice of our jawans will not be in vain. India wants peace but it is capable to give a befitting reply if instigated: PM Narendra Modi #IndiaChinaFaceOff pic.twitter.com/Z0ynT06dSz

— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has convened an all-party virtual meet on Friday to discuss the situation along the India-China border.

“In order to discuss the situation in the India-China border areas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for an all-party meeting at 5 pm on June 19. Presidents of various political parties would take part in this virtual meeting,” the PMO tweeted.

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