Expressing concern over India- China strained ties with the border row, British Prime Minister Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called on India and China to engage in dialogue to sort out their border issues as he described the escalation in eastern Ladakh as a very serious and worrying situation which the UK is closely monitoring. The first official statement of Johnson came during his weekly Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons .
Responding to Conservative Party MP Flick Drummond on the implications for British interests of a dispute between a Commonwealth member and the world’s largest democracy on the one side, and a state that challenges our notion of democracy on the other, he described the escalation in eastern Ladakh as a very serious and worrying situation, which the UK is “monitoring closely”.
“Perhaps the best thing I can say is that we are encouraging both parties to engage in dialogue on the issues on the border and sort it out between them,” the Prime Minister said.
In a statement in New Delhi the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said India and China have agreed that expeditious implementation of the previously agreed understanding on disengagement of troops from standoff points in eastern Ladakh would help ensure peace and tranquillity in the border areas.
This comes after violent clash at the Galwan valley of Ladakh which saw 20 Indian soldiers killed thereby putting the relations between two nations on the brink.