US terms foreign envoys’ expresses concern over detention, internet restrictions in J&K

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The US State Department on Saturday said that the recent visit by a delegation of 15 foreign diplomats to Jammu and Kashmir was an “important step” while expressing concern over the detention of political leaders and internet restrictions in the Valley.

“Closely following @USAmbIndia & other foreign diplomats’ recent trip to Jammu & Kashmir. Important step. We remain concerned by detention of political leaders and residents, and Internet restrictions. We look forward to a return to normalcy,” US State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs tweeted on Saturday night.

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On Thursday, a delegation of diplomats of 15 foreign countries, including US Ambassador to India Kenneth I Juster, arrived in Srinagar for a two-day visit in a first such trip by foreign envoys after the abrogation of Article 370.

The Ministry of External Affairs said the objective of the envoys’ visit to Kashmir is to see first-hand efforts that are being taken to normalise the situation in the union territory. The diplomats visited Jammu and Kashmir as part of the government’s diplomatic outreach to dismiss Pakistan’s propaganda against India on the Kashmir issue.