A Delegation of 15 Foreign Envoys Reaches Kashmir to Assess Conditions


A delegation of 15 Foreign Envoys, including the United States, has reached Sri Nagar to assess the situation after the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A by the Indian Parliament. The delegation comprises representatives from the USA, Argentina, South Korea, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, Norway, Maldives, Niger, and Morocco.

US Ambassador to India Kenneth I Juster is also the part of the delegation on a 2-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir. The foreign envoys were received by top officials of the J&K administration at Srinagar Airport on Thursday. They have been briefed by the Indian Army about the security situation in the newly carved out Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir. Later on Thursday, they will visit Jammu, the winter capital of the UT, and will meet Governor GC Murmu.

Ambassadors from the EU countries have opted out from this visit to the Union Territory; they are expected to visit at a later date. Earlier, a 27 member delegation of the European Union (EU) parliamentarians visited Jammu and Kashmir in October.

The move is India’s effort to counter Pakistan’s rhetoric on the conditions in Jammu & Kashmir, after the abrogation of articles 370 and 35 A. Pakistan has been accusing India on the International stage of human rights violations in the Jammu & Kashmir after the Central government stripped off the state of its special status and divided it into two Union Territories.

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