No comments on EU MPs Kashmir visit but may be discussed during Modi-Merkel talks: German Envoy

New Delhi, Oct 30 : Walter J Lindner, German Envoy to India expressed his reluctance to speak on European Union MPs’ visit Jammu and Kashmir but said Kashmir may come during discussion between visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Walter J Lindner said “I’ve read in the newspapers about the visit, I’ve also read statements of the European Union side which said this is a totally private visit. I’ll leave it at that.”

The situation in Kashmir and the visit of the EU parliamentary delegation to the valley “which is in their own capacity” are likely to feature during the bilateral talks between visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.

“The two leaders have a very good relationship & you can trust that they can talk about any issue they put on the table,” he said.

German Envoy said,”German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be accompanied by 12 ministers. They represent almost all our ministries. Topics are from artificial intelligence to agriculture to economic issues…. There’s a lot of things they can talk about.”

Germany wants that restrictions should be lifted as soon as possible in the valley, and its official position on Kashmir had been conveyed by EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini during her meeting with External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar last month.

The visit of the EU parliamentary delegation to Kashmir and the invite to it by a virtually unknown group could feature in the talks between the two leaders.

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