China’s claim over Galwan Valley ‘exaggerated and untenable’: MEA

The Indian government late Wednesday night has taken strong exception to China claiming sovereignty over the Galwan Valley in Ladakh, saying its “exaggerated and untenable claims” are contrary to the understanding reached on the issue between the two sides.

Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava’s response came after China claimed that the Galwan Valley in Ladakh is a part of its territory.

In response to a query on the statement by the Chinese side that the sovereignty of the Galvan valley area belongs to China, the Official Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said,

“As we have conveyed earlier today External Affairs Minister and the State Councillor and Foreign Minister of China had a phone conversation on recent developments in Ladakh,” Srivastava said late Wednesday night.

“Both sides have agreed that the overall situation should be handled in a responsible manner and that the understandings reached between Senior Commanders on 6th June should be implemented sincerely. Making exaggerated and untenable claims is contrary to this understanding,” he added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said, “I want to assure the Nation that the sacrifice made by our soldiers will not go in vain.”

“India’s integrity and sovereignty are supreme for us, and no one can stop us from defending it,” he said.