The United States offers condolences to India on soldiers killed in action at Himalayan border

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India’s death toll at the disputed Himalayan border has risen to 20 soldiers.

On Thursday, the United States extended its condolences to India for their soldiers killed in action in a clash with the Chinese army on the Himalayan border at Galwan Valley.

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a tweet a while after meeting with top Chinese diplomacy Yang Jiechi, “We extend our deepest condolences to the people of India for the lives lost as a result of the recent confrontation with China.”

He further said, “We will remember the soldiers’ families, loved ones, and communities as they grieve.” Also Read– Modi responds to the clash with China at the Himalayan border

Just a day earlier, the White House stated President Donald Trump was informed of the tense clashes between the Indian and Chinese troops in Galwan Valley.The clash between the two countries has intensified the already fierce border standoff. As a result of the clash, 20 Indian soldiers including one colonel, were killed. 

“The president is aware of it. We’re monitoring the situation between Indian and Chinese forces along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh,” said White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

“We have seen the Indian Army statement that 20 Indian soldiers died as a result of the confrontation, and we extend our deepest condolences on that,” she further added.

No formal plans in place to resolve dispute between India and China

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Gen MM Naravane said both armies are beginning to “disengage” in a gradual manner starting with Galwan Valley.

Mc Enany emphasized that in the meantime no plans are set to deescalate the situation. “No formal plans on that beyond what I already said in expressing our absolute condolences to the Indian soldiers that died as a result of today’s confrontation. We extend our deepest condolences there,” she said.

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Moreover McEnany stated, “I would note just that during the phone call on June 2 of this year that President (Donald) Trump had with Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi, they did discuss the situation on the India-China border.”

For the last few days, both countries are having talks to defuse the situation.

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