Published: Mon, February 17, 2020
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

European diplomats visit Kashmir to check India’s loosening of clampdown

European diplomats visit Kashmir to check India’s loosening of clampdown

The group comprises representatives from Afghanistan, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, the European Union, France, Germany, Republic of Guinea, Hungary, Italy, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Namibia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Rwanda, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Uganda and Uzbekistan.

"We are interacting with the traders, businesswomen and entrepreneurs in Srinagar about the status of business and tourism", Afghanistan's envoy Tahir Qadiry said in a tweet on Wednesday.

After this, the members went to the hotel back there they are meeting various delegations.

The fresh batch of diplomats also includes EU representatives, and their participation assumes significance as the EU Parliament recently initiated to bring a joint draft resolution on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and Kashmir, the vote on which was later deferred.

The 25-member delegation arrived in Srinagar on Wednesday on a two-day visit as part of a Union government-facilitated trip to help the envoys have a first-hand assessment of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, a region which faced months of harsh restrictions after its special status was stripped of in August.

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He also informed the envoys about the local employment scheme and recruitment drive run by the Army. The migrants urged them to take stock of their ethnic cleansing from the Valley. The demand for statehood, restoration of internet, development dominated the discourse during the envoy's meet with civil society in Srinagar.

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The envoys are also expected to meet Lt. Governor GC Murmu in Jammu. Explain that after the abolition of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and the partition of the valley into two union territories, for the first time panchayat elections will be held.

European Union spokesman Virginie Battu-Henrikson stated the go to confirmed that the Indian authorities had taken optimistic steps to revive normalcy. "Kim Jong Un would be proud of such orchestrated diplomacy".

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