EU envoys meet Nagaland Guv, CM amidst controversy

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Kohima, May 15: Diplomats from various 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 (N-E) state. The diplomats discussed possibilities of enhancing cooperation between India and EU in various fields pertaining to the N-E region in general 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 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 ongoing Naga peace process, official sources said today. Underlining the importance of India's Look East Policy, the envoys said it was equally important to take into consideration the 'West' in the same policy, the sources said.

The ambassadors also met the Chief Minister and his council of ministers and discussed a wide range of issues including enhancement of bilateral cooperation between the EU and India and how Nagaland could be part of this process, the sources said.

PTI

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