Germany May Modify Travel Advisory To Kashmir Tourists22 June 2011
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Germany is considering modifying its negative advisory to its citizens on travel to Kashmir in order to boost tourism and trade in the Valley. “I am here to assess the situation and look at the possibility of modifying the travel advisory,” German Ambassador to India Thomas Matussek told PTI. Matussek, who arrived here today on a two-day visit, said the situation in the Valley seemed to be normal. “Kashmir today is as peaceful and beautiful as I saw it when I first visited in 1982-83,” he said. The German ambassador said he will interact with both mainstream and separatist leaders besides people associated with trade to get a feed back about the ground situation in Kashmir. “I have already met Governor N N Vohra while I will be meeting Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, (Hurriyat Chairman) Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Kashmiri pandits and the local chamber of commerce,” he said. Matussek said he was looking forward to forging a partnership between German businessmen and locals in sectors like fruit packing, fruit processing, travel, tourism, woodcarving and hospital equipment. “We are already working in Jammu and Ladakh regions of the state but we would like to be involved in business and travel sectors in Kashmir Valley as well,” he said. Meanwhile, during his meeting with Vohra, Matussek discussed the possibilities of assisting and establishing economically viable units in the state, an official spokesman said. The German Ambassador discussed various possibilities of entrepreneurs from his country assisting business, industry and commerce to establish economically viable units in the state, the spokesman said.