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Defence minister Rajnath Singh arrives in Leh to review ground situation

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh arrived in Leh on Friday to carry out a comprehensive review of the security scenario in the region in wake of the border face-off with China.

Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and Army chief Gen MM Naravane are accompanying Singh on the visit.

Rajnath Singh is set to visit Stakna and Lukung forward areas.

The defence minister tweeted: “Leaving for Leh on a two day visit to Ladakh and Jammu-Kashmir. I shall be visiting the forward areas to review the situation at the borders and also interact with the Armed Forces personnel deployed in the region. Looking forward to it.”

His trip comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise visit to Ladakh on July 3 during which he also addressed troops and signalled the country’s firmness in dealing with the India-China border row.

Rajnath Singh was originally scheduled to visit Ladakh on July 3 but the trip was deferred.

Indian and Chinese troops were locked in a bitter standoff in multiple locations in eastern Ladakh for over eight weeks since May 5.

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The tension escalated manifold after the violent clashes in Galwan Valley in which 20 Indian Army personnel were killed.

However, following a series of diplomatic and military talks, the two sides began a mutual disengagement process on July 6 and withdrew troops from most of the friction points.

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