Nation’s sovereignty will be protected: President

LEH, Jammu and Kashmir: “We have pledged to protect the sovereignty of our nation in all situations,” President Ram Nath Kovind said on Monday as he presented the President’s Colours to Ladakh Scouts on his first visit outside Delhi after taking charge.
Speaking here at the event, also attended by Army chief General Bipin Rawat, the President said his visit to Jammu and Kashmir was dedicated to the armed forces.
“This is my first trip outside Delhi after taking charge as the President. I chose this beautiful Leh in Jammu and Kashmir for my first visit and I am very happy to be amid our soldiers.
“Being the Supreme Commander of the armed forces, this visit is dedicated to the soldiers,” Kovind told the Scouts in Hindi.
Lauding the soldiers, the President recalled their bravery in the Kashmir conflict in 1947-48, the war with China in 1962, the Pakistan war in 1971 and the Kargil war in 1999.
“Stationed in one of the most extreme climatic conditions, your bravery is bigger than your numbers,” he said.
“We have pledged to protect the sovereignty of our nation in all situations. I am sure we will fulfil this pledge and uphold the pride and honour of the country,” he said.
President’s Colours is one of the greatest honours bestowed on a unit in recognition of exceptional service rendered to the nation, both during war and in peace.
DOKLAM ISSUE WILL BE RESOLVED ‘VERY SOON’: Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced in New Delhi on Monday that the Doklam border dispute between India and China will be resolved “very soon”.
“India wants to maintain good relations with all neighbouring countries. There will be a solution to the Doklam issue very soon and China will also initiate a positive move from its side,” the minister said.
Speaking at the pipping ceremony of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Rajnath Singh said India had never attacked any country and had no ambition to expand its borders. — IANS