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QUESTION NO.2923 SECOND VISIT OF FOREIGN DELEGATION TO J&K

March 19, 2020

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.2923
TO BE ANSWERED ON 19.03.2020

SECOND VISIT OF FOREIGN DELEGATION TO J&K

2923. SHRIMATI SHANTA CHHETRI:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state :

(a) the details of the second visit of Foreign Heads of Mission to Jammu and Kashmir;

(b) the list of representatives of countries, their names and designation;

(c) the list of Civil Societies they interacted with;

(d) the list of places visited and programmes attended by them; and

(e) the details of outcome of the visit of Foreign Heads of Mission to Jammu and Kashmir?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[SHRI V. MURALEEDHARAN]

(a) to (e) A delegation of 25 foreign Heads of Missions (HoM) representing various geographical regions (Afghanistan, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, European Union, France, Germany, Guinea, Hungary, Italy, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Rwanda, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Uganda and Uzbekistan) visited Srinagar and Jammu on 12-13 February 2020.

The visit was organised as part of outreach efforts in view of requests received from foreign Missions based in Delhi with a view to have better understanding of the situation in the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

During their visit, the delegation met civil administration, local business and political leaders, representatives of the civil society including youth from different ethnic, religious and socio-economic communities, and representatives of mainstream media. They were also briefed on development programmes being implemented and the security situation. The HoMs interacted freely, heard different voices and got the sense of prevailing normalcy in the UT of J&K, including free movement of people and regular conduct of business. They also acknowledged the importance placed by Government on roadmap for economic development in the UT of J&K.

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