Sunil Chhetri.. Image Source: IANS News

New Delhi, June 17 : Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri on Wednesday called for negotiations between India and China while paying tribute to the Indian soldiers who were martyred in the Galwan Valley clash.

Twenty Indian Army men, including officers, were killed in an unprecedented violent clash with Chinese People's Liberation Army troops at Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh on Monday night, the Indian Army said in a statement on Tuesday.

Chhetri said that the matter should be resolved across the table and not at the border for the sake of the army personnel who died and those who are still in danger.

"Resolve this across a table while you can, not at the border. Act swiftly, for the sake of those army personnel who have died and for those who shouldn't," Chhetri tweeted.

"I can only hope that the families of those who have laid down their lives find strength to deal with their losses," he added.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India won't tolerate any misadventures when it comes to defending its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

"I would like to assure the nation that the sacrifice of our jawans will not go in vain. For us, the unity and sovereignty of the country are important. India wants peace but when instigated, India is capable of giving a befitting reply," PM Modi said during his meeting with the chief ministers on the COVID-19 pandemic.

-- The story has been published from a wire feed without any modifications to the text

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