As on expected lines, China has opposed the holding of a G20 meeting in Kashmir, while Turkey and Saudi Arabia have not registered for the event to be held in Srinagar.
On Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said that "China firmly opposes holding G20 meetings in any form in 'disputed' areas and will not attend such meetings."
India countered the objection by saying it is free to hold meetings on its own territory. It said peace and tranquility on its border are essential for normal ties with China. The 3rd G20 Tourism Working Group meeting will be held on May 22-24 in Srinagar amid heightened security in the region.
This is the first major international event in Jammu and Kashmir since its special status was scrapped in 2019 and it was bifurcated into two union territories. Around 60 delegates from G20 countries are expected to attend the meeting in Srinagar. earlier it was expected that over 100 delegates would attend the meet.
Sources say Turkey has decided to stay away from the meeting, and Saudi Arabia has not registered for the event so far. The attendance of the maximum number of nations will suggest the success of the Indian foreign policy.
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