US diplomat visited Srinagar ahead of appointment of Kashmir interlocutor: report

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Twenty seven days ahead of the announcement of Government of India to appoint “special represenative” to hold dialgoue in Jammu and Kashmir, a United States diplomat visited Srinagar and met three Jammu and Kashmir ministers and civil society activists, reports said on Saturday.

Quoting sources the reports said the diplomat wanted “to know the ground situation and understand the feasibility of a dialogue”.

Indian Express reported that on September 27, Joshua Goldberg, political unit chief at the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs in Washington DC, visited Srinagar along with David Arulanantham, an official from the US Embassy in New Delhi.

Sources said Goldberg and David stayed for a night and met three ministers in the Mehbooba Mufti-led Jammu and Kashmir government, human rights lawyer Parvez Imroz, Khurram Parvez of Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society and two journalists.

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