Modi-Merkel talks could include Kashmir, EU MPs visit

Biarritz: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the session on ‘Biodiversity, Oceans, Climate’ at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France on Aug 26, 2019. (Photo: IANS/PIB)

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) 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.

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.

India has been conveying to Germany and other EU nations through diplomatic sources on the situation in Kashmir, and the reason for revocation of Article 370, that gave special status to Kashmir.

Both Modi and Merkel have “close relations, and so any topic can come up. They can talk about any issue,” said German diplomatic sources.

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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