The Indian Government has invited delegations from across the countries to visit Jammu and Kashmir and assess the prevailing conditions in the valley post the subrogation of Article 370.
The countries in the European Union have not joined the 16-member delegation as they said they do not want a “guided tour”. They further told NDTV that they will tour the union territory later and will meet whomever they want to.
Meanwhile, the government had said that the European Union welcomed the idea of the visit to J&K but many of them said it was short notice this time and they look forward to going at a later date.
To recall, the parliamentarians from the European Union had visited the valley back in October 2019. During the visit, they met locals and also interacted with security forces deployed in the region.
In a visit starting today, 16 envoys from countries including the United States, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Norway, Maldives, South Korea, Morocco and Nigeria, were flown to the valley on Thursday.
Diplomats from Australia and several Gulf nations have dropped out from the visit citing “scheduling” reasons.
The confinement of Kashmir political leaders and 6-month long internet shutdown has raised several eyebrows abroad.