The Ministry of External Affairs held a news conference on Thursday. Arindam Bagchi, a Ministry spokesperson, presented details about an Indian fisherman stranded in Sri Lanka as well as a disagreement with China in eastern Ladakh.
In December, the Sri Lankan Navy arrested around 60 Indian fishermen for unlawfully hunting fish and impounded several of their boats. In this regard, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Arindam Bagchi stated on Thursday that the Indian High Commission in Colombo highlighted the matter of early release of these Indian fishermen, which resulted in the release of 12 fishermen.
During a news conference, Arindam Bagchi stated that the Indian High Commission is working to secure the early release of the remaining fishermen. He stated that the Indian government had engaged with the Sri Lankan government about the imprisonment of 68 fishermen and ten boats from Tamil Nadu by the Sri Lankan administration from December 18 to 20. These fishermen are given all of the essential equipment.
This was said in reference to the presence of Chinese forces in Galwan.
The Ministry of External Affairs, on the other hand, stated that media claims about the footage of Chinese soldiers in Galwan Valley are not factually correct. Images refuting the claim have been provided by media groups in India. At the same time, the Ministry of External Affairs has stated that no consensus has been achieved to allow the SAARC summit to go place.
Bagchi stated that the Indian government is keenly monitoring news of the Chinese construction of a bridge over Pangong Tso Lake. This bridge is being built in territory that China has illegally occupied for nearly 60 years. The administration is taking the necessary steps to preserve our national security interests. At several spots in eastern Ladakh, there has been a standoff and deadly battles between India and China.
China is constructing bridges in illegally seized areas.
At the same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the letter issued by the Chinese Embassy to the MPs is entirely unacceptable. The Chinese side should keep in mind that India is a thriving democracy, and as representatives of the people, they must act responsibly. Indian legislators operate in accordance with their convictions. Will avoid the circumstance of adding to the relationship’s strain.
Instead of getting involved in controversies, China should collaborate: India
According to the ministry, we have seen allegations that the Chinese side changed the names of various localities in Arunachal Pradesh last week to reflect their own. We, too, have expressed our displeasure with such a ludicrous effort to defend illegitimate territorial claims. India has stated that by giving a fictitious name, the facts and reality remain unchanged. According to the ministry, we hope that instead of getting engaged in other conflicts, China will work with us to normalize the situation at the two nations’ border points of contention.
Humanitarian aid will be sent to Afghanistan soon.
Regarding India’s assistance to Afghanistan, Bagchi stated that we have pledged to provide life-saving medicines as well as 50 thousand metric tonnes of wheat as humanitarian aid to this war-torn country. In this context, we are in talks with Pakistani authorities about the best ways to convey wheat to Afghanistan. He stated that this humanitarian assistance would be extended to the people of Afghanistan soon.