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PM Modi visits Ladakh, interacts with Army and Air Force personnel

PM Narendra Modi on Friday made a surprise visit to Ladakh. The visit comes two weeks after the clash between India and China in Galwan valley wherein India lost twenty of its Bravehearts.

The prime minister is presently at one of the forward locations in Nimu and is interacting with personnel of the Army, Air Force and ITBP.

Upon arriving, Prime Minister Modi was briefed by senior officers at a forward position in Nimu amid ongoing tension with China. The PM was accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane.

Sources revealed that Defense minister Rajnath Singh was supposed to visit Ladakh amidst the tensions between India and China, but his trip was later postponed.

BL Santosh took to Twitter to praise PM Modi saying, “He braves tough weather to land there.. reviews the situation at the point of action… stands shoulder to shoulder with men of valour… respects their contribution to the country…discusses border situation at border… not on social media or on panels. Proud of our PM @narendramodi.”

Lt General Harinder Singh, who heads the 14 Corps, has been holding talks with Major General Liu Lin of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, the last round of which was held on 30 June.

The two sides on Tuesday agreed on the need for an “expeditious, phased and stepwise” de-escalation as a “priority” to end the standoff.

PM Modi, known for his ‘Mann ki Baat’, on Sunday expressed his views on this situation and said, “Those who eyed Indian territory in Ladakh have received a befitting response, “If India knows how to maintain the friendship, it can also confront someone and give an adequate response. Our brave soldiers made it clear that they will not allow anyone to taint the honour of Mother India,” he added.

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