Kashmir gets closer to Venezuela at UN

Geneva, September 14 (KMS): Representatives of international powers at the United Nations in Geneva witnessed an interesting moment during the 36th session of UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) when the top diplomat from Venezuela and representatives from Azad Jammu and Kashmir and occupied Kashmir met in front of the full glare of international community.

The Foreign Minister of Venezuela stole the show during the council session. Young and dynamic, Mr. Jorge Arreaza walked into the hall to defend his country in the face of criticism by the UN on how his government is handling the opposition and constitutional reforms.

As he left, he visited Sardar Amjad Youssef Khan from Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Syed Faiz Naqshbandi from Srinagar. Sardar Amjad Youssef Khan and Syed Faiz Naqshbandi are attending the UNHRC session as part of a Kashmir delegation.

“Foreign Minister Arreaza was gracious. He met us and gave us a few minutes from his schedule to discuss Kashmir dispute,” Naqshbandi said.

“Venezuela has supported Kashmir in the past,” Sardar Amjad said, adding that he and his colleagues from occupied Kashmir wanted to thank FM Arreaza for Venezuela’s support for the freedom struggle in the past.

The United Nations has made history by breaking its decades-long silence on Kashmir in September 2017. The Kashmir conflict is now part of the top policy agenda of the UN Human Rights Council, whose 36th session is currently underway in Geneva. A Kashmir delegation is attending the session.

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