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European lawmakers to visit Kashmir; PM, NSA brief them on situation

New Delhi: In the first visit by a foreign delegation to Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370, a group of 27 European lawmakers will travel there today, a major diplomatic outreach by the government to counter Pakistan’s narrative on the situation in the valley and to give them a “clear view” of India’s development and governance priorities.

Ahead of their two-day Kashmir visit, Members of European Parliamentarian (MEPs) met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who categorically told them that urgent action was needed against those supporting and sponsoring terrorism.

The visit will provide them with a better understanding of the cultural and religious diversity of the regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, Modi said and hoped that it will also give them a “clear view” of the development and governance priorities in the region, according to an official release.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval also briefed MEPs, who are from nine countries, on cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan, constitutional changes made in the status of Jammu and Kashmir with the revocation of Article 370 and the situation in the valley.

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