KOHIMA, May 15 – Diplomats of European countries have called on Nagaland Governor Nikhil Kumar and Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio amidst a controversy in New Delhi over their ‘uninformed’ visit to the North Eastern state, reports PTI.
The diplomats discussed possibilities of enhancing cooperation between India and EU in various fields pertaining to the N-E region and Nagaland in particular during their meetings with Kumar and Rio yesterday, official sources said.
The envoys, who visited the state museum and other places of tourist interest today, however, refused to make any comment on their visit to the state.
“Since our visit has created some controversies, we do not like to make any comment now,” EU Ambassador to India Joao Cravinho, who led a team of eight diplomats to Nagaland, told reporters with a smile.
“We are overwhelmed by wonderful hospitality and enjoyed our trip to Nagaland” was the only comment he offered.
During the meeting with the Governor at Raj Bhavan, the envoys talked on various issues including the on-going Naga peace process, official sources said today.
Besides Cravinho, envoys of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Germany, Poland and Slovakia were on a three-day visit to Nagaland.
The Home Ministry yesterday lodged a protest with the Ministry of External Affairs over this visit of the envoys without any intimation and security clearance and raised concern on their meeting with political leaders and civil society members.
They interacted with representatives of tribal organizations here yesterday