India always prepared to give befitting reply if provoked: Rajnath Singh

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said that India believes in resolving disputes through dialogue with neighbouring countries, but is always prepared to give a befitting reply if provoked.

Interacting with the officers and jawans of Indian Army’s 14 Corps at Karu Military Station in Ladakh, he reiterated government’s stand of resolving disputes through dialogue with neighbouring countries, but assured the nation that safety and security of the nation will not be compromised at any cost.

He assured all possible support to the Armed Forces, reaffirming the vision of the Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, of a strong military that is capable of dealing with every eventuality.

Paying rich tributes to the brave jawans who laid down their lives in the service of the nation during the Galwan Valley incident last year, he said that the country will never forget their supreme sacrifice and lauded the exemplary courage displayed by the Indian Army during the incident. He stated that the nation is proud of its Armed Forces.

Defence Minister also commended the 14th Corps for their invaluable contribution during the 1965 Indo-Pak War as well as the 1999 Kargil war.

General Officer-Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command Lt Gen YK Joshi and General Officer Commanding of the 14 Corps Lt Gen PGK Menon were among those present on the occasion.