New Delhi: The second batch of foreign envoys on Wednesday arrived in Srinagar for a two-day visit, starting today, to the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Their visit to the Valley comes almost exactly a month after another batch of foreign envoys visited Kashmir. Also Read - Jammu and Kashmir Admin Announces Complete Lockdown In 11 districts Amid Spike In COVID Cases
The batch has 25 foreign envoys, including those from Germany, Canada, France, New Zealand, Mexico, Italy, Afghanistan, Austria, Uzbekistan and Poland. Envoys of the European Union (EU), too, are members of this delegation.
The visit has been organised by the Centre to demonstrate measures taken by it to restore normalcy in the region post abrogation of Article 370 in August last year. Besides being apprised of the ground situation, the envoys are also likely to meet representatives of the business community, and others, during its stay in Srinagar and Jammu.
The delegation will meet Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor GC Murmu in Jammu and will be briefed by the Army, in Baramulla.
Last October, a group of right-wing EU Parliament MPs visited Kashmir; the EU, however, said that the MPs were visiting in their individual capacity and not as members of its Parliament.
The visits, however, have triggered criticism from the opposition parties as while on the one hand, foreign envoys are being taken to Kashmir, they themselves have been turned away from the Srinagar Airport itself.