Paris: French Defence Minister Florence Parly has condoled the martyrdom of 20 Indian soldiers in Galwan valley stand-off.
She wrote to Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday, ” This was a hard blow against the soldiers, their families, and the nation. In these difficult circumstances, I wish to express my steadfast and friendly support, along with that of the French armed forces. I request you to kindly convey my heartfelt condolences to the entire Indian armed forces as well as to the grieving families.”
France said that India is a strategic partner in the region and reiterated her country’s deep solidarity.
Twenty Indian soldiers lost their lives in the violent face-off in Galwan valley on June 15 due to Chinese troops’ attempt to unilaterally change the status quo during the de-escalation.