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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narenda Modi made a surprise visit to Ladakh and interacted with troops on Friday morning.

Images released later show PM Modi sitting in a camouflage tent as he spoke to the troops seated at a distance from each other against the backdrop of the Himalayas. Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief MM Naravane were also present, among others.

According to the Prime Minister’s office, he was at a forward location in Nimu at 11,000 ft. He reached there early in the morning by chopper from Leh and will return later on the day on Friday.

Personnel of the Army, Air Force and ITBP were present for the interaction

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Modi’s visit to Ladakh assumes significance as 20 Indian soldiers died during a border clash with China on June 15. The Prime Minister’s visit has been described as a major morale booster for the forces and a powerful message against Chinese aggression.

PM Narendra Modi at Ladakh

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“Interacting with our brave armed forces personnel at Nimu,” the PM posted, sharing a photo on his Instagram account.

Personnel of the Army, Air Force and ITBP were present for the interaction. PM Modi will also visit a hospital where several soldiers wounded in the clash are recovering.

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