A fresh batch of 25 foreign diplomats, including those from Germany, Canada, France and Afghanistan, are visiting Jammu and Kashmir to witness the ground situation in the region nearly six months after the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution.
Here is a detailed look at the current and past foreign delegations to have visited Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370 —
- The delegation will also have envoys from some Gulf countries.
- The delegation will first hold a meeting with fruit growers in north Kashmir before reaching Srinagar where they are scheduled to meet media representatives, civil society groups and politicians of Jammu and Kashmir.
- The Indian Army will also brief the visiting diplomats on the security situation in Kashmir and are expected to give a detailed presentation on Pakistan’s involvement in fomenting and sponsoring terrorism in the newly-formed Union Territory.
- According to reports, the envoys will have a night halt in Srinagar before moving to Jammu next day where they are expected to meet Lieutenant Governor GC Murmu and civil society groups.
- This is third such delegation. In October last year, a delegation of 23 European Union MPs had visited Kashmir. In the second week of January, a team of foreign envoys was invited to Kashmir by the government.
- 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 see first-hand efforts being made by the government in the region.