The President stated that troopers of the armed forces guarantee safety of our nationwide boundaries amid severest situations together with in Galwan Valley and Siachen.

ANI, New Delhi

PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 10:58 PM IST

In a veiled dig at China over the border standoff in Ladakh, President Ram Nath Kovind stated on Monday that India confronted “an expansionist move” on its borders which was foiled by the nation’s valiant troopers and stated 20 of them laid their lives within the violent conflict in Galwan Valley.

In his handle to the nation on the eve of 72nd Republic Day, the President stated India is dedicated to peace however its forces are adequately mobilised in a well-coordinated transfer to thwart any try to undermine safety and nationwide curiosity might be protected in any respect prices.

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“The past year was a time of adversity, and it came from many fronts. We faced an expansionist move on our borders, but our valiant soldiers foiled it. To achieve this objective, 20 of them had to lay down their lives,” he stated.

“The nation shall remain grateful to those brave soldiers. Though we reiterate our commitment to peace, our defence forces – Army, Air Force and Navy – are adequately mobilised in a well-coordinated move to thwart any attempt to undermine our security. Our national interest will be protected at all costs. We have also ensured a widespread understanding in the international community of India’s firm and principled stand,” he added.

India and China are in a standoff in japanese Ladakh alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) following actions by the Chinese military. Twenty Indian troopers laid down their lives and an unspecified variety of Chinese troopers have been killed in a conflict in Galwan Valley in June final yr.

The President stated that troopers of the armed forces guarantee safety of our nationwide boundaries amid severest situations together with in Galwan Valley and Siachen.

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“Just as our hardworking farmers ensure food security for the country, the brave soldiers of the armed forces ensure security of our national boundaries amid severest conditions. From the freezing cold at Siachen and Galwan valley in Ladakh with temperatures as low as minus 50 to 60 degree Celsius to the scorching heat in Jaisalmer with temperatures as high as 50 degree Celsius – on land, in the skies and at the vast coastal areas – our warriors are vigilant every moment,” he stated.

“Every citizen feels proud about the bravery, patriotism and the spirit of sacrifice among our soldiers,” he added.

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