Two US diplomats on Thursday travelled through the otherwise volatile area to meet chief minister Omar Abdullah’s political secretary in Srinagar and stressed the need to resolve political issues politically.
The diplomats --- first secretary political Chad A. Thornberry and political advisor to US embassy Dinesh Dubey --- met the Omar’s political secretary Tanvir Sadiq at his downtown residence at Rainawari in Srinagar.
According to the NC spokesman, they discussed the socio-economic and political developments in the state during an hour long interaction.
“The state has undergone a very difficult phase and due to efforts of the government and cooperation of the people, peace and normalcy has become a reality,” Sadiq told the diplomats.
Sadiq emphasized the need for taking the peace process further “by addressing political issues of the state politically”.
He said, “Chief minister Omar Abdullah has always been a votary of cordial Indo-Pak relations.”
Referring to the crucial need of engaging Pakistan in productive dialogue, the NC leader said, “Beneficiaries of the good neighbourly relations between New Delhi and Islamabad will be the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”
He claimed that restoration of peace, resolution of the vexed issue and holistic development of the state is a priority of the government led by Omar Abdullah.
“The party has been advocating strengthening trade across the LoC and replace barter trade with the financial transaction to make it more transparent, healthier and aggressive as also to make the movement of the people across the LoC less cumbersome,” the political secretary told the visiting diplomats.
He asked the diplomats that the United States should consider “relaxing the travel advisory for the state keeping in view the peace, progress and security situation in the valley”
“The tourism industry in Kashmir needs strong fillip by world powers,” he added.
The NC spokesman claimed that the diplomats assured that all the issues raised with regards to the travel advisory will be looked into positively.