Ceremonial Border Personnel Meetings (BPMs) were held between Indian Army and People’s Liberation Army (PLA) at Nathu La in Sikkim and Bum La and Kibithu in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday to celebrate China’s National Day, a Defence official said.

“The events commenced with the hoisting of national flags and rendition of the national anthems of both nations which was followed by a ceremonial welcome address by the respective delegation leaders. The function involved extension of greetings, exchange of mementoes and display of cultural programmes,” Guwahati-based Defence PRO, Lt Col P Khongsai said in a statement.

During the interaction, the participants reaffirmed their resolve to strengthen friendship and maintain peace and tranquillity along the LAC, he stated.

He said the proceedings reflected a mutual desire to maintain an environment of peace and tranquillity along the LAC which is a prerequisite for good relations between both the nations.

The official said BPM mechanism has evolved into an important interface where local issues get discussed and are resolved thereby fostering confidence among the Border Guarding Troops. This ensures the prevalence of peace and tranquillity along the LAC.

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