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The United States has expressed “concern” over internet restrictions in occupied Kashmir

The United States has expressed “concern” over internet restrictions in occupied Kashmir

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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells stated on Sunday that the United States was “concerned” about the situation in Kashmir and closely following the recent trip of foreign diplomats to Indian-occupied Kashmir.

What did she say?

In a message posted on Twitter, Wells stated that the trip was an important step but that the US remained concerned about the detention of leaders and residents in Kashmir. 

She elaborated, “Closely following US Ambassador to India and other foreign diplomats’ recent trip to Jammu and Kashmir. Important step. We remain concerned by detention of political leaders and residents, and Internet restrictions. We look forward to a return to normalcy,”

Wells’ South Asia Visit

The statement has come just 10 days before Wells departs for a 10 day visit to the South Asian region during which she will be visiting Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan from January 13th-22nd. Wells will arrive in Pakistan on January 19 for a three-day visit, the US state department has previously said.

In Islamabad, she will meet with senior Pakistani government officials and members of civil society to discuss issues of bilateral and regional concern. Before arriving in Islamabad, Wells will be in Sri Lanka from January 13-14 during which she will interact with high-ranking officials.

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