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'Nation will remain eternally grateful': India pays homage to Galwan Valley bravehearts

"The nation will remain eternally grateful to these gallant soldiers who fought in the most difficult high altitude terrain and made the supreme sacrifice in service of the nation," the Army said.

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New Delhi, First Published Jun 15, 2021, 1:27 PM IST
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Indian Army chief General MM Naravane on Tuesday paid tribute to the soldiers who laid down their lives in protecting the country's sovereignty and integrity. 

The Indian Army, in a Tweet, said: "General MM Naravane, COAS and all ranks of Indian Army pay homage to the bravehearts who made supreme sacrifice in Galwan Valley in Ladakh while defending the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country. Their valour will be eternally etched in the memory of the Nation." 

In a solemn ceremony, Fire and Fury Corps also paid homage to the martyrs. Fire and Fury Corps COS Major General Akash Kaushik laid a wreath at the iconic War Memorial in Leh on the occasion. 

"The nation will remain eternally grateful to these gallant soldiers who fought in the most difficult high altitude terrain and made the supreme sacrifice in service of the nation," the Army said.

In light of the prevailing situation, the Indian Army has strengthened its positions in the Ladakh region as well as along the entire Line of Actual Control with around 60,000 troops deployed to tackle the menace at the border with China.

The troops of the two countries have been engaged in a standoff since May last year at multiple locations in the Ladakh region. Senior military commanders of both countries have met 11 times to resolve the disputes. Except at Pangong Tso, no further disengagement has taken place so far. 

In an effort to resolve the issue, the two countries are in talks at political, diplomatic and military levels to find an amicable solution to the standoff. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had met with their respective counterparts in Moscow last year to expedite the talks process.  

India shares a 3488 km border with China that runs along with the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh.

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