India counters China's claims of complete pull back of troops in eastern Ladakh region
New Delhi : The process of disengagement of troops in Eastern Ladakh area has not been completed though a good progress has been made, said India, countering China's claim of completely pulling back the troops.
Two days ago, China had also said that the situation on the ground was easing amid regular talks between officials of the nuclear-armed neighbours to de-escalate the border standoff after the June 15 clash in the Galwan Valley of Ladakh that left 20 Indian soldiers dead and an unspecified number of Chinese casualties.
"There has been some progress made towards this objective but the disengagement process has yet not been completed," Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Anurag Srivastava told an online media briefing when asked about the Chinese claim on Tuesday.
A meeting of the senior Army leaders from both the sides is likely in near future to discuss the future course of disengagement.
"As we have stated earlier, the maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the border areas is the basis of our bilateral relationship," Mr Srivastava said.
"Therefore, we expect that the Chinese side will sincerely work with us for complete disengagement and de-escalation and full restoration of peace and tranquillity in the border areas at the earliest as agreed to by the Special Representatives," he added.