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Britain to lift adverse advisory on Kashmir

Posted on Nov 06, 10:07PM | IANS

Britain has agreed to withdraw its negative advisory to its citizens regarding their visit to Jammu and Kashmir, an official said Tuesday.

"This has been indicated by British High Commissioner to India Sir James Bevan in a letter addressed to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah," an official spokesman said.

Sir James wrote: "At our meeting in August, you asked me to consider whether the UK's travel advice covering Jammu and Kashmir should be reviewed in light of decline in violence. I have done so. The UK government will therefore be announcing shortly that the improvements in the security situation have led us to lift the advisory against UK citizens travelling to both the cities of Jammu and Srinagar, and travel between these two cities on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway."

The high commissioner has expressed confidence that this measure will encourage more British tourists and businesses to visit the state, which should in turn benefit the local economy, the spokesman said.

Omar Abdullah has taken up this issue with other diplomatic missions as well which are expected to follow suit and lift their negative advice regarding travelling Jammu and Kashmir, the spokesman added.