India and China have agreed to withdraw their troops from the disputed Himalayan border region.

According to Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, this diplomatic breakthrough followed several rounds of consultations between soldiers and diplomats of the two nuclear powers.

The tension in the mountainous region of Ladakh had risen considerably in the past year.

For example, in June at least twenty Indian soldiers were killed in fighting with soldiers from China;

it was the first time in 45 years that military skirmishes at the border had killed people.

After that, confrontations between the two troops were also reported.

In September last year, both countries also agreed to withdraw their troops from the border region.

That agreement was ultimately not respected.

In January the conflict flared up again: a small confrontation between the two troops would have wounded both sides.

Minister Singh said the countries have now agreed to withdraw troops from the north and south shores of Lake Pangong.

The soldiers must return to their bases.

The Chinese Ministry of Defense has also confirmed that soldiers from the two countries are leaving there.

The next step, according to Singh, is to discuss the withdrawal of soldiers from other places within 48 hours.

India and China fought a border dispute in 1962.

The neighboring countries could not agree on exactly where the border is afterwards.