While The European Union (EU) on Wednesday expressed concern about the situation on the ground in Jammu and Kashmir and “restrictions on fundamental freedoms”, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is scheduled to visit Finland, which is the current EU chair, from September 19 to 21.
Jaishankar will meet his counterpart, Pekka Haavisto, and will also call on Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Antti Rinne. They will hold discussions on a “broad spectrum of bilateral relations pursuant to meeting of the Prime Ministers of India and Finland in the margins of the India-Nordic Summit in April 2018 in Stockholm”, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.
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Meanwhile, in Brussels, Tytti Tuppurainen, Finnish Minister for European Affairs, gave a statement on behalf of High Representative and Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the European Parliament, where she said that the tensions in the region have “increased” following India’s decision to scrap J&K’s special status under Article 370. This step has been accompanied by restrictions on fundamental rights and freedoms, she said.