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United States closely following ambassador’s visit to Indian-held Kashmir: Alice Wells

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United States closely following ambassador’s visit to Indian-held Kashmir: Alice Wells

"We look forward to a return to normalcy", she added. "Important step", said the diplomat in a tweet on the US State Department's Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs official Twitter account.

Closely following @USAmbIndia & other foreign diplomats' recent trip to Jammu & Kashmir.

Ms Wells will reach New Delhi on Jan 15 on a three-day visit that includes talks with senior Indian officials on bilateral and regional issues.

"We remain concerned by detention of political leaders and residents, and Internet restrictions".

We wanted to take a global group of envoys to Jammu and Kashmir with only some EU Ambassadors, and not all EU envoys were asked to join", the sources stated."European Union (EU) envoys wanted to visit Jammu and Kashmir as a group, which wasn't possible to accommodate due to restrictions in numbers and to keep the group broad-based.

The Hyderabad MP also criticised the Centre's decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370, which gave special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, saying that there have not been Internet services in Kashmir since then. She is then due to proceed to Islamabad for a similar, three-day visit from January 19 in which regional concerns, as well as the Afghanistan peace process, are slated to be discussed.

India has categorically told the worldwide community that the scrapping of Article 370 was its internal matter.

"The diplomats got to see first-hand the efforts that have been made by the government to normalise the situation", said Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar earlier.

It was followed by interactions with civil societies from diverse backgrounds, media, and a group of political leaders of the country.

"We remain concerned by detention of political leaders and residents, and Internet restrictions".

The ambassadors whom went to Jammu and Kashmir originated from smaller countries such as Togo, Niger and Guyana.

The Supreme Court of India had ruled on Friday that shutting down internet in occupied Kashmir was unconstitutional in a rebuke for the government to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Internet suspensions may be enforced just for "temporary duration" and an indefinite suspension violated India's telecoms rules, the judge stated. "Suspension can be utilised for temporary duration only", the Bench said, as it directed the authorities to review forthwith all orders suspending Internet services and revoke orders not found in consonance with its order.

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