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G-20 Summit Concludes Peacefully in Srinagar, Foreign Delegates Express Admiration for Kashmir’s Natural Beauty

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G-20 Summit Concludes Peacefully in Srinagar, Foreign Delegates Express Admiration for Kashmir’s Natural Beauty

Srinagar, May 24 – The highly anticipated three-day G-20 summit in Srinagar concluded on Wednesday, leaving foreign delegates impressed by the breathtaking natural beauty of the city. Many delegates expressed hope that the summit would attract more foreign tourists to Kashmir in the coming years and lead to the lifting of “negative travel advisories” imposed on the region.

During their visit to the newly renovated Polo View market in Srinagar, a news agency had the opportunity to speak with some of the foreign delegates who participated in the G-20 Tourism Working Group meeting at SKICC, located on the banks of Dal Lake. One delegate from Singapore, after purchasing handicraft items from a shop at Polo View market, exclaimed, “This place is even more beautiful than we expected. The people are amazing. Normally, you have to travel long distances to see mountains and lakes, but in Srinagar, people can enjoy natural beauty right outside their homes. That’s awesome!”

The delegate further expressed optimism about the future, stating, “We will definitely share the beauty of Kashmir in our respective countries. We hope that Kashmir’s remarkable tourism potential receives a boost. We will play our part back home, for sure. I have fallen in love with this place and its people. I would love to come again, perhaps even later this year.”

A South Korean delegate, who preferred to remain anonymous, praised India’s rich culture and acknowledged the natural beauty bestowed upon Kashmir. “Our country has no advisory against traveling to Kashmir. I will encourage countries that have advised their citizens against visiting Kashmir to immediately lift such restrictions and allow their people to experience nature up close. There is no better place than Kashmir, although we have only seen Srinagar so far,” the delegate remarked.

Another delegate from the Netherlands, identifying himself as Joche, visited Kashmir for the first time and was captivated by the experience. “This place is awesome. The people, food, culture, lakes, roads, and hospitality are unparalleled. Kashmir needs international recognition. I am confident that more people from my country will visit here,” he shared. “While we will be leaving tomorrow, we plan to return with our families and friends. If Srinagar is so beautiful and green, one can only imagine the beauty of other places in Kashmir.” Joche emphasized the need to promote green tourism in Kashmir, highlighting the region’s abundant natural blessings.

The J&K administration took extensive security measures for the G-20 summit, the first of its kind since the revocation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019. Marine commandos, NSG personnel, and drones were deployed to ensure the smooth progress of the three-day event. Srinagar was adorned to welcome the foreign visitors. The J&K administration is hopeful that the summit will provide a significant boost to various forms of tourism in the region, such as green tourism, eco-tourism, film tourism, and off-beat tourism. To revive film tourism in Kashmir, the administration plans to open 300 new destinations. Official sources confirmed that 53 foreign delegates would depart for their respective countries on Thursday. “The event concluded peacefully, and all the delegates were satisfied with their stay,” said an official involved in the preparations, adding that the positive outcomes of the meeting would be evident on the ground in the coming months

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