The People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China has on Thursday completed withdrawal of its troops from two more face-off sites in Gogra and Hot Springs in eastern Ladakh in line with a mutually agreed disengagement process with India.
The External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson, Anurag Srivastava, at a media briefing, has once again rejected China's claim over Galwan Valley. He reiterated that India remained convinced of the need for maintenance of peace and tranquility in the border areas and resolution of differences through dialogue.
Srivastava stressed that India is committed to ensuring its sovereignty and territorial integrity and that the Line of Actual Control (LAC)must be strictly respected and observed, saying it is the basis for peace and tranquility in border areas.
Sources said the two sides are also expected to hold a fourth round of Corps commander level dialogue by early next week to finalize modalities for de-induction of troops by both sides at their rear bases in the high-altitude region.
The two nations have completed creation of a buffer zone of three kilometers in the three friction points of Galwan Valley, Gogra and Hot Springs as part of a temporary measure, the sources said, adding there has been a thinning out of troops from Finger 4 area in Pangong Tso as well. China has already pulled back troops from the friction points in Galwan Valley.
The disengagement of troops from the friction points formally kicked off on Monday following a eight-week eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation between the two armies at multiple locations in eastern Ladakh.