Nirmala Sitharaman to address top Army brass during the commanders' conference tomorrow

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Visits Jamnagar Air Force Station, Sits In MiG-29 Fighter

She then quizzes the soldiers across the border about the meaning of her greeting.

"She says "Namastey", then asks, "(Do) you know what "Namastey" is?"

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today conducted an aerial survey of the Doklam-Nathula area on the India-China border.

Sitharaman, who was in Nathu La on Saturday, interacted with the Chinese soldiers during a flag meeting ceremony. In the video, the minister is seen explaining the meaning of "Namaste" to PLA soldiers stations along the border.

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The official twitter account Defence Minister tweeted the video of the entire incident saying, " Snippet of Smt Nirmala Sitharaman interacting with Chinese soldiers at the border at Nathu-la in Sikkim yesterday.

The Chinese head at the Nathu-La post also briefed her on the posts held by the army personnel present at the meet.

Earlier, Sitharam said she waved at the Chinese soldiers from the across the border who were reportedly taking her pictures.

She was accorded a guard of honour on her arrival at Nathu La.

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The Indian minister's visit came amid reports that China has strengthened its military presence at the Doklam Plateau and even started constructing a road in Chumbi valley, about 10km from Doklam.

The minister who was accompanied by army Vice Chief Lt Gen Sarath Chand and Eastern Command Lt. Gen. Abhay Krishna was received at Tezpur Airforce Station by Gajraj Corps commander Lt Gen A.S. Bedi and other senior dignitaries of the Army and the Air Force.

This will be minister's maiden address to Army commanders and would also discuss the ways of dealing sternly with Pakistani support to terrorists against India. The Indian government, in a press release, had said that both countries will withdraw its troops from the area.

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