Good opportunity for us to see ground realities: EU delegation

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NEW DELHI: Terming their meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday as ‘impressive’, members from the delegation of European Parliament feel it is good for them to go to Kashmir as a foreign delegation and see firsthand as to what is happening on the ground.

Nathan Gill, Member of European Parliament from Wales while leaving for Kashmir said, “It is a good opportunity for us to go into Kashmir as a foreign delegation and to be able to see firsthand ourselves what is happening on the ground.”

New Delhi, Oct 28 (ANI): Members of European Parliament meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI Photo)

David Bull from the UK said it was an honour to meet the Prime Minister while adding that India is ‘important’ in terms of global pharmaceutical industries. India and UK have incredible ties, he said.

Another member of the delegation, Thierry Mariani from France said the meeting was impressive and the Prime Minister spoke about Indian people.

Alexandra Philips said she is quite reassured about getting access to Kashmir and being the first foreign delegates to do that.

The delegation left for Kashmir on Tuesday morning.

Yesterday, sources had said the delegation will meet Jammu and Kashmir administration officials and they will also call on Governor besides meeting local residents during the visit.

Meeting with Modi

Earlier, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi while welcoming a delegation of European Parliament to India on Monday, expressed hope that its members will have a fruitful visit to various parts of the country, including Jammu and Kashmir, the PMO said in a statement.

 “Their visit to Jammu and Kashmir should give the delegation a better understanding of the cultural and religious diversity of the region of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh; apart from giving them a clear view of the development and governance priorities of the region,” the PMO added.

The PMO said the Prime Minister appreciated the importance that the parliamentarians attach to their relationship with India by visiting the country right at the beginning of their term.

“India’s relationship with the European Union is based on shared interests and common commitment to democratic values,” PM Modi was quoted as saying.

Highlighting the importance of close international cooperation to fight terrorism, the Prime Minister said, “Urgent action must be taken against all those who support or sponsor terrorists or support such activities and organizations or use terrorism as a state policy. There should be zero tolerance for terrorism.” (ANI)