PM Modi addresses soldiers during surprise visit to Leh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is also expected to visit the western sector later while CDS Bipin Rawat will be briefed by the XIV Corps Commander Lt General Harinder Singh on the situation on ground

Modi landed at Leh early on Friday morning. Photo: ANI/Twitter

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (July 3) addressed soldiers posted in Leh after he had reached the town to review the situation in eastern Ladakh after the clash on June 15 which claimed the lives of 20 Indian soldiers.

“He reached there early in the morning. He is interacting with personnel of the Army, Air Force and ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police). Located at 11,000 feet, this is among the tough terrains, surrounded by the Zanskar range and on the banks of the Indus,” a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office read.

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According to reports, the prime minister, who is accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General MM Narvane is currently being briefed by senior officials at a forward position in Nimu.

The prime minister being briefed of the situation in Ladakh. Photo: ANI/Twitter

A report in Hindustan Times said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is also expected to visit the western sector later while General Rawat will be briefed by the XIV Corps Commander Lt General Harinder Singh on the situation on ground.

The prime minister’s visit comes in the backdrop of intense military-level talks between both the sides to de-escalate at eastern Ladakh even as China continues to build up forces at the four friction points – Galwan Valley, Gogra, Hot Springs and Pangong Tso Lake.

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