Indian and Chinese military commanders on Monday agreed to disengage their forces from Galwan Valley, a disputed area in the the Himalayan frontier, following a clash that left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead.

The decision followed a meeting among senior officials from the two countries, in a bid to reduce tensions in the Ladakh region, an Indian government source told Reuters on Tuesday.

“Modalities for disengagement from all friction areas in Eastern Ladakh were discussed and will be taken forward by both the sides,” the source added.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said that “the two sides had a frank and in-depth exchange of views on the prominent issues in the current border control and agreed to take necessary measures to cool down the situation.”

He also deemed media reports of 40 Chinese casualties in the conflict as “fake news,” although the country has not disclosed any information on casualties on its side.


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