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India wants peace but can give befitting reply: PM on Ladakh face-off

Last updated on: June 17, 2020 17:44 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the sacrifice of Indian soldiers killed in the Galwan Valley clash in Ladakh will not go in vain.

IMAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi observed silence of a few minutes as a mark of respect for the slain soldiers. Photograph: ANI

In his opening remarks on day two of the virtual conference with chief ministers on coronavirus, he also said that India wants peace but is capable of giving a befitting reply, if instigated.

For us, the unity and sovereignty of the country is most important, he said.

 

Modi said India has always tried that differences do not become disputes.

Later, the prime minister and those attending the meeting observed silence of a few minutes as a mark of respect for the slain soldiers.

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

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