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Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh speaks to Defence Minister of Republic of Korea

Singh also reviewed the situation in eastern Ladakh in view of the withdrawal of troops from the friction points by China's Peoples Liberation Army

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (file photo)

Guwahati: Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh today spoke over telephone with Minister of National Defence of Republic of Korea (RoK) Jeong Kyeong-Doo.

The two Defence Ministers had discussions on issues pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

Rajnath Singh informed Jeong Kyeong-Doo on India’s contribution to international efforts against COVID-19 and discussed areas of mutual cooperation in the global fight against the pandemic.

The Ministers agreed to work together to deal with the complex challenges posed by this pandemic.

During the telephonic conversation, the Ministers reviewed the progress on various bilateral defence cooperation initiatives and expressed commitment to further promote defence cooperation engagements between the Armed Forces.

It was also agreed to take forward the agreements in the field of defence industry and defence technology cooperation between the two countries.

Views on the regional developments of shared security interests were also shared during the telephonic call, said defence spokesperson.

Singh on Friday also carried out a comprehensive review of the situation in eastern Ladakh with top military brass in view of the withdrawal of troops from the friction points by China’s Peoples Liberation Army, government sources said.

The defence minister carried out the review at a meeting with Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, Army Chief Gen MM Naravane, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh and Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria besides several other senior military officials.

As the first phase of the disengagement is nearing completion, government sources said the two sides are set to hold a fourth round of corps commander-level dialogue by early next week to finalise modalities for de-induction of troops amassed by both sides in their rear bases along the LAC, the de-facto border between the two countries.

Both sides have completed the creation of a buffer zone of three kilometres in the three friction points of Galwan Valley, Gogra and Hot Springs as part of a temporary measure, they said, adding there has been thinning out of troops from Finger 4 area in Pangong Tso as well.