New Delhi: A month after 17 envoys made a visit to Jammu and Kashmir, a fresh batch of foreign envoys will visit the Valley this week to get first-hand information about the ground situation. Notably, this will be the third time a delegation of foreign envoys visiting the Union Territory to know the ground reality after the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019.
As per updates, the people who will be part of the delegation include envoys from the European Union and Gulf countries.
In January this year, the first batch of 17 envoys, including the US Ambassador to India Kenneth I Juster, had visited Jammu and Kashmir.
Over 17 envoys mostly from Latin America and African countries, Vietnam, South Korea, Uzbekistan, Guyana, Brazil, Nigeria, Niger, Argentina Philippines, Norway, Morocco, Maldives, Fiji, Togo, Bangladesh, Peru and the US met civil society members in J&K last month. They visited Srinagar and then Jammu and met Lt Governor GC Murmu.
Prior to this, a delegation of 23 EU MPs came to visit Kashmir in October last year. The Home Ministry said that it was a private visit. After reports claimed that they wanted to tour on their own and to meet local political leaders under detention, Centre dismissed such reports and said that the EU diplomats are not being accommodated this time as they wanted to visit in a group, which is not possible due to restrictions in numbers.
On August 5, 2019, the Central government revoked Article 370 which accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The Centre later bifurcated the erstwhile state Jammu and Kashmir into union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.