India on Friday said it hopes China will work with it to ensure the disengagement of troops in the remaining areas of eastern Ladakh at the earliest, and asserted that de-escalation of tension alone will lead to restoration of peace and tranquillity in border areas and provide conditions for the progress of bilateral ties.
At a media briefing, Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs, Arindam Bagchi, said the two sides continue to remain in touch through military and diplomatic channels on the issue.
He also referred to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s comments that a prolongation of the situation is in neither side’s interest.
“We, therefore, hope that the Chinese side will work with us to ensure that disengagement in the remaining areas is completed at the earliest,” he added.
This, he said, would allow both sides to consider de-escalation of forces in eastern Ladakh as that alone will lead to the restoration of peace and tranquillity and provide conditions for the progress of the bilateral relationship.
Bagchi also said that there was a consensus that the two sides should now quickly resolve the remaining issues in the region.
“The disengagement in Pangong Lake area was a significant step forward and it has provided a good basis for resolution of other remaining issues along the Line of Actual Control in the western sector,” he said.
Bagchi said the two sides had a detailed exchange of views on the remaining issues both at the senior commanders’ meeting and the discussions held under the framework of Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) on border affairs.