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Diplomats of 15 countries visit the disputed Kashmir region

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Representatives from 15 countries, including the United States, are visiting the Indian-controlled part of the disputed Kashmir region with Pakistan.

This visit, if completed, is the first for foreign diplomats residing in the Indian capital, New Delhi, for the Jammu and Kashmir region, since the abolition of the special status of the region last August, to begin Thursday and end Friday.

Officials said that diplomats are expected to meet members of civil society and government officials during their visit to Srinagar and Jammu, the Associated Press reported.

The envoys are also expected to receive a briefing from various agencies on the security situation in the region, according to the same source.

In turn, the local “The Press Trust of India” clarified that the delegation includes diplomats from Bangladesh, Vietnam, Norway, Maldives, South Korea, Morocco and Nigeria.

Last October, a group of European Parliament members visited the disputed Kashmir region.

On August 5, the Indian government decided to cancel the special situation in the region of “Jammu and Kashmir” and divide it into two regions, and imposed restrictions on roaming and communication in them, and blocked Internet service.

The name “Jammu and Kashmir” is given the name India-controlled Kashmir, and it includes resistance groups that have been fighting since 1989 against what they consider an “Indian occupation” of their territories.

Its residents are demanding independence from India, joining Pakistan, since the two countries gained independence from Britain in 1947, and Islamabad and New Delhi sharing the Muslim-majority region.

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