New Delhi: The 28-member delegation of the European Union (EU) Parliament that arrived in New Delhi and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Monday left for their visit to Kashmir on Tuesday morning.Also Read - 'Emergency Brake': EU Plans to Ban Flights From Southern Africa Over New COVID Variant | Details Here

The delegation visit is aimed to asses the ground situation in Jammu and Kashmir amid global concerns over the abrogation of the contentious Article 370 that dissolved its special status. It must be noted that the state will be formally bifurcated into two Union Territories, namely Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, on October 31. Also Read - Men With Golden Hearts From Pahalgam Travel 70 km to Return Gold Jewellery

On Monday, the PM Modi had slammed Pakistan asserting that an “urgent action must be taken against all those who support or sponsor terrorists”. Meanwhile, Ajit Doval, who hosted the delegation for lunch, briefed the members on cross-border terrorism and the constitutional changes made in Kashmir following the revocation of Article 370. Also Read - Novavax Requests EU Drug Regulator To Authorise Its Covid-19 Vaccine | Details Here

“Their visit to J&K should give delegation better understanding of cultural and religious diversity of region; apart from giving a clear view of development an governance priorities of region,” the PMO had said in a statement.

Notably, this is the first visit by a foreign delegation to Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation. Earlier this month, a senior US Senator from the Democratic Party Chris Van Hollen wanted to visit Kashmir to see the situation ‘first-hand’ but the Narendra Modi-led Indian government did not allow him to do so.

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    The Parliamentarians are expected to meet Srinagar residents, houseboat owners, traders and state government officials, who will apprise them of the developmental works in the Valley, especially since the revocation of Article 370.

    They are also likely to take a tour around Dal Lake and visit the Indian Army headquarters in Srinagar.