Ministry of External Affairs Briefs Media on Ambassador’s Visit to Kashmir
Official Spokesperson, Shri Raveesh Kumar briefing the media on the visit of Ambassadors to Kashmir which has been facing a lockdown since 05 August said, “ United States, South Korea, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Fiji, Maldives, Norway, Philippines, Morocco, Argentina, Peru, Niger, Nigeria, Guyana and Togo”.
The first part of the program was with the security officials, to get a sense of security situation in Jammu & Kashmir and also the threat posed by terrorism in maintaining peace and security in the Union Territory. This was followed by an interaction with civil society members from all walks of life who came from all over the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir. The group also interacted with the local media which was followed by an interaction with several political leaders.
The second day there were in Jammu
The objective of the visit was for the envoys to see firsthand, the efforts which have been made by the government to normalize the situation and also basically to see how things have progressed and how the normalcy has been restored to a large extent since the developments related to Article 370 in August and there have been several steps which have been taken by local administration towards that objective said Raveesh Kumar.
The program was drawn up keeping in mind the security threat posed by terrorists and therefore adequate precautions were taken while chalking out the program. “The visit was organized based on request which we have received in the past from several envoys who are based here. They wanted to visit Jammu & Kashmir. Our consistent position which we have taken in the past is that we will organize a visit only if we are satisfied based on input from the local administration on the prevailing security situation,” he said.
There have been concerns over select groups of the media being taken to the State while a large block of Ambassadors from European Union Countries have been reportedly left out and may be going in the second batch later.