A delegation of 25 foreign envoys, which visited Jammu and Kashmir, will meet National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval in the national capital on Friday (14, 2020). The meeting will take place in the evening during which they will discuss the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
On Thursday, the foreign envoys were briefed about the security situation in the region by Army. The foreign envoys later visitedJ ammu, where they held meetings with Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir,Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory, district administration officialsand civil society members of Jammu division.
The group comprises of representatives from Afghanistan,Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, theEuropean Union, France, Germany, Republic of Guinea, Hungary, Italy, Kenya,Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Namibia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Rwanda,Slovakia, Tajikistan, Uganda and Uzbekistan.
On Wednesday, the group visited Baramulla, Srinagar andJammu and met representatives of the civil society, including youth fromdifferent ethnic, religious and socio-economic communities, local business andpolitical leaders, civil administration and representatives of mainstreammedia.
They also received briefings about the developmentprogrammes being implemented, get an assessment of the security situation, andwitness for themselves the progressive normalisation of the situation.
Last month, envoys of 15 countries including US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster and diplomats from Vietnam, South Korea, Brazil, Niger,Nigeria, Morocco, Guyana, Argentina, Philippines, Norway, Maldives, Fiji, Togo,Bangladesh, and Peru visited Jammu and Kashmir on January 9 and 10 to seefirst-hand efforts being made by the government in the region.
The demand for statehood, restoration of internet,development dominated the discourse during the envoy’s meet with civil societyin Srinagar.
US had called the visit an important step but raised concernover the detention of political leaders. US state dept’s Alice Wells in a tweethad said, “Closely following @USAmbIndia & other foreign diplomats’ recenttrip to Jammu & Kashmir. Important step. We remain concerned by thedetention of political leaders and residents, and internet restrictions. Welook forward to a return to normalcy.”
In October 2019, a group of European parliamentarians weretaken on a visit but that was in their private capacity.
By: Universal News