Amid ongoing tension at borders with China in Eastern Ladakh, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a visit to Leh and forward locations on Friday morning to review the ground security situation, barely 18 days after a violent stand-off.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing soldiers in Nimmoo, Ladakh, said their bravery has sent a message to the world about India's strength.
Located at 11,000 feet, the area is among the toughest terrains, surrounded by Zanskar range and on the banks of the Indus.
India and China have traded blame for triggering the high-altitude brawl in the Galwan Valley on June 15, in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed and at least 76 were injured.
Paying tributes to the 20 Army men killed in the violent stand-off, Modi had also said India's fearless soldiers have shown that they will not allow the nation's pride to be hurt. Modi was also briefed by senior Army officers, they said. PM Modi also visited a hospital where several soldiers wounded in the clash are recovering.
PM Modi is presently at one of the forward locations in Nimu, Ladakh.
Mr Modi also posted a photo on his official Instagram with the caption: "Interacting with our fearless armed forces personnel at Nimu". Talking about the Leh-based 14 Corps, which directly oversees the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China, he said, "Your bravery will be talked about everywhere".
"We have worked for the betterment of humanity", PM Modi said.
The PM was accompanied by Chief of Defence Services Gen Bipin Rawat and Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane.
"The era of expansionism has come to an end". In a tweet, Mr Singh said, the borders of the country have always remained secure in the hands of the army.
On Friday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the countries need to maintain their relations while seeking to de-escalate tensions through military and diplomatic channels.
PM Modi concluded his address by vowing to make an "Aatmanirbhar" and stronger India.