US Congressman Brad Sherman on Tuesday spoke to Indian Ambassador to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, and expressed his condolences over the demise of 20 Indian soldiers in a violent face-off with Chinese troops in Eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley.

“Good speaking with India’s Ambassador @SandhuTaranjitS today. I offered my condolences to the Ambassador for the 20 troops who died as a result of premeditated Chinese aggression at the actual Line of Control in Ladakh last week,” Sherman tweeted.
He also said that they spoke “in general restrengthening the US-India relationship”.

The face-off happened on June 15 as a result of an attempt by China to unilaterally change the status quo during de-escalation in eastern Ladakh. India has said that the situation could have been avoided if the agreement at the higher level been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side.

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Indian intercepts have revealed that the Chinese side suffered 43 casualties including dead and seriously injured.

Meanwhile, the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) is likely to hold a virtual meet on Wednesday to discuss border tensions between the two countries.

The WMCC talks are headed by joint secretary-level officials from both sides.

WMCC was established in 2012 as an institutional mechanism for consultation and coordination for the maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas, as well as to exchange views on strengthening communication and cooperation, including between their border security personnel.

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