second batch of 25 foreign envoys from different countries including Germany,
Canada, France and Afghanistan reached Jammu and Kashmir to witness the ground
situation in the region nearly six months after the centre scrapped the
erstwhile state’s special status and split it into two Union Territories.
A cavalcade of
the second batch of 25 Foreign Envoys from European Union including Germany,
France, Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria and Hungary in Srinagar for a day on
Wednesday, February 12, 2020. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur
This is the
second batch of foreign diplomats to visit Kashmir in one month.
includes diplomats from Canada, Austria, Uzbekistan, Uganda, Slovak Republic,
Netherlands, Namibia, Kyrgyz Republic, Bulgaria, Germany, Tajikistan, France,
Mexico, Denmark, Italy, Afghanistan, New Zealand, Poland, and Rwanda.
Reports said that
the delegation will meet fruit growers in north Kashmir before reaching
Srinagar where they are scheduled to meet media representatives, civil society
groups and politicians.
The Indian Army
will brief the visiting diplomats on the security situation in Kashmir and are
expected to give a detailed presentation on Pakistan’s involvement in
sponsoring terrorism in the newly-formed Union Territory, said the reports.
reports, the envoys will stay for the night in Srinagar before moving to Jammu
next day where they are expected to meet Lieutenant Governor GC Murmu and civil
The fresh batch
of diplomats also includes representatives of the European Union. 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, reported ANI.
envoys of 15 countries including United States 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 had visited Jammu and Kashmir on January 9 and 10 to see
first-hand efforts being made by the government in the region.