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‘Def min Rajnath Singh to visit Ladakh on Friday’

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New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Ladakh on Friday to take stock of the country’s military preparedness and review the overall situation, government sources said on Wednesday, as India and China move to finalise a framework for a complete disengagement at friction points on their border.

Singh will be accompanied by Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane and it will be his first visit to Ladakh after the standoff between the armies of India and China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) began on May 05.

Singh’s trip comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise visit to Ladakh on July 03 during which he also addressed troops and signalled the country’s firmness in dealing with the India-China border row.

The sources said Singh will carry out a comprehensive review of the security situation in the region with Gen Naravane, Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Yogesh Kumar Joshi, Commander of the 14 Corps Lt Gen Harinder Singh and other senior army officials.

From Ladakh, the defence minister will travel to Srinagar where he will hold a high-level meeting with senior military officials on Saturday to review the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan, the sources said.

Singh was originally scheduled to visit Ladakh on July 03 but it was deferred.