SRINAGAR: A third group of foreign diplomats were expected to visit the Jammu and Kashmir this week to witness firsthand the changes in the region since its special status was revoked in August 2019, reported LiveMint.
The visit – which is yet to be announced officially by New Delhi – was expected to take place on February 17, LiveMint quoted a person familiar with the matter as having said.
India had previously organised visits for two groups of diplomats in January and February last year. They had met some members of the local population and top officials in the state administration.
The visit of the third group of diplomats comes after the restoration of 4G internet services and the conclusion of local body polls.
Internet services were restored earlier this month after a gap of 18 months which was welcomed by groups in the region as well as foreign governments.
“We welcome the resumption of 4G mobile internet in India’s Jammu & Kashmir. This marks an important step for local residents and we look forward to continued political & economic progress to restore normalcy in J&K,” the US State Department said in a Twitter post.