India indebted to soldiers for their sacrifice in Ladakh: Amit Shah

In a series of tweets, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the pain of losing the brave soldiers at Ladakh's Galwan cannot be put in words.

Amit Shah, Galwan Valley, Ladakh, India, China, Sino-India border
The home minister said the nation salutes the immortal heroes who sacrificed their lives to keep Indian territory safe and secure. | PTI

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday (June 17) said India will always remain indebted to its soldiers who lost their lives in Ladakh’s Galwan protecting the country’s territory, and their bravery reflects the commitment towards the motherland.

In a series of tweets, Shah said the pain of losing the brave soldiers at Ladakh’s Galwan cannot be put in words.

“India will always remain indebted for their supreme sacrifice. Entire nation and Modi government stands firmly with their families in this hour of grief. Praying for the speedy recovery of those injured,” he said.

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The home minister said the nation salutes the immortal heroes who sacrificed their lives to keep Indian territory safe and secure.

“Their bravery reflects India’s commitment towards her land,” he said, adding, “I bow to the families who have blessed Indian Army with such great heroes”.

Twenty Indian soldiers, including a colonel, were killed on Monday evening in a clash with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the sacrifice of the Indian soldiers will not go in vain.

He also said that India wants peace but “is capable of giving a befitting reply, if instigated”.

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“For us, the unity and sovereignty of the country is most important,” Modi said in his opening remarks on day two of the virtual conference with chief ministers on coronavirus.

The opposition had been questioning the government’s “silence” on the biggest ever military confrontation between the two armies in over five decades.

Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during which he emphasised that both sides should strengthen communication and coordination to resolve their differences to maintain peace and tranquillity along the border area.

Wang said the two sides should follow the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and strengthen the communication and coordination on the proper handling of the border situation through the existing channels so as to jointly maintain peace and tranquility in the border area, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The two sides agreed to deal fairly with the serious events caused by the conflict in the Galwan Valley, jointly abide by the consensus reached at the military-level meetings between the two sides, cool down the situation on the ground as soon as possible, and maintain peace and tranquility in the border area in accordance with the agreement reached so far between the two countries, the statement said.

Related news: Ladakh face-off: Jaishankar speaks to Foreign Min of China over phone

(With inputs from agencies)

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