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Army Chief tours eastern Ladakh and Siachen

Army Chief General MM Naravane on Tuesday visited eastern Ladakh and Siachen and assessed India’s operational preparedness in the strategically key sectors, official sources said. He was accompanied by Lieutenant General YK Joshi, Army Commander of the Northern Command, and Lieutenant General PGK Menon, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Leh-based Fire and Fury Corps. 

The sources stated that General Naravane interacted with troops and complimented them for their steadfastness and high morale while being posted in some of the adverse terrain, altitude, and weather conditions. 

The Army Chief was later briefed by Lieutenant General Menon on the current security situation and operational preparedness in the region. He is scheduled to return to New Delhi on Wednesday. 

India and China were locked in a military standoff at multiple friction points in eastern Ladakh since early May last year but they have completed the withdrawal of troops and weapons from the North and South bank of Pangong Tso in February following a series of military and diplomatic talks. 

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