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British envoy praises Mufti's healing touch

Mukhtar Ahmed in Srinagar | March 25, 2004 02:18 IST

British High Commissioner to India Sir Michael Arthur arrived in Jammu on Wednesday for a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

He is leading a five-member British team, which includes defence adviser Brigadier Ian Rees, first secretary Sarah Lampert, political analyst Sushil Aaron and press and public affairs advisor Ravi Datta.

Sir Michael is on his maiden visit to the state.

"He discussed the overall situation in the state in the backdrop of improved security and ensuing parliamentary elections," a source told rediff.com

The high commissioner hailed the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-led coalition government for 'bringing about peace in the state'.

He also praised Mufti's 'commitment' to improving human rights, governance and economy in the state.

"Britain welcomes the Indian government's commitment to enter into a genuine process of dialogue with political forces in Jammu and Kashmir and All Parties Hurriyat Conference decision to positively respond to government initiative," he said.

He hoped that other 'groups would also join the dialogue process'.

The ambassador met the chief minister who 'updated the British envoy feedback on Jammu and Kashmir'.


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