New Delhi: China and Türkiye will not attend a tourism working group meeting scheduled to take place in Srinagar next week, according to reports.
The meeting, scheduled from May 22 to May 24, is considered one of the largest international events to be organized in Kashmir since the revocation of Article 370 in August 2019. Tight security measures have been implemented around the venue, the Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC), situated on the banks of Dal Lake.
It remains uncertain whether Indonesia, the previous president of the G-20 and a member of the grouping’s troika, will participate in the meeting in Srinagar.
India has dismissed objections from Pakistan over the holding of G-20 meetings in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, saying such events are being organized in all states and union territories ahead of the summit in New Delhi in September.
Earlier, China had skipped a G-20 meeting held in Arunachal Pradesh in March. Several other countries, both G-20 member states and guest countries invited by India to be part of the G-20 process, are expected to participate in the meet in Srinagar. Saudi Arabia and Mexico are likely to be among these countries.