India and China on Wednesday agreed that expeditious implementation of the previously agreed understanding of disengagement of troops from standoff points in eastern Ladakh would help ensure peace and tranquillity in the border areas, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.
The two sides held diplomatic talks through video conference to explore ways to ease tension along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the eastern Ladakh region.
The MEA said the situation in the region was discussed in detail and the Indian side conveyed its concerns over the violent face-off in Galwan Valley on June 15 in which 20 Indian Army soldiers were killed.
"In this regard, it was emphasized that both sides should strictly respect and observe the Line of Actual Control," the MEA said, adding the two delegations agreed that the expeditious implementation of the understanding on disengagement would help ensure peace and calmness in border areas and the development of a broader relationship between the two countries.
The talks were held between Joint Secretary (East Asia) in the Ministry of External Affairs Naveen Srivastava and Director General in the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wu Jianghao.