Trust the armed forces and their ability to secure India’s interest: S Jaishankar
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said both military commanders and diplomatic channels are negotiating with the Chinese side
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said the country needs to trust its armed forces and their ability to secure the country’s interest. India has been trying to resolve the ongoing border dispute with China through military and diplomatic channels and one must not pre-empt the end result, he told Times Now in an interview.
Jaishankar said this is an ongoing situation and pointed out that many political commentators and analysts proclaim many things and give a lot of wisdom. “I listened to them with deep respect. This is going to play out,” he added. “There are negotiations on the way.”
In the recent talks, the Indian Army told the Chinese side that steps to defuse the standoff in eastern Ladakh should simultaneously cover all friction points. They were informed that talks on disengagement should also include Depsang as well as all face-off sites. Officials said this should be a simultaneous process and not a selective one.
This is about national security, the External Affairs Minister highlighted, saying that it’s a very complicated ground situation. “We need to have trust in our armed forces and their ability to secure our interests,” Jaishankar said. “Both military commanders and diplomatic channels are negotiating with the Chinese side. Don’t call out a match. You are calling out a match before it is halfway through.”