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US envoy Mark Tesone calls on Rana

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JAMMU APRIL 10:  Minister Counselor for Political Affairs, Mark Tesone  and Sr. First Secretary David Arulanantham in the Embassy of the USA in India on Wednesday called on National Conference Provincial President Devender Singh Rana here this morning and discussed issues of mutual interest.

While recalling the role of National Conference in political empowerment of the people and socio-economic transformation of Jammu and Kashmir, Rana dwelt in length the initiatives taken in strengthening democracy and forging the bonds of amity between various sections of the people. He said Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah had envisioned a strong, prosperous and secular Jammu and Kashmir which is enshrined in his famous charter of Naya Jammu and Kashmir.

“This concept continues to be the guiding force for the party”, he said and referred to revolutionary steps taken under the stewardship of Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah in realizing Sher-e-Kashmir’s vision by empowering the people politically, economically and educationally. He said National Conference reflects the genuine urges and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir State, which is blend of different faiths and cultures. “It is a unique state representing the ethos of unity in diversity”, he maintained.

The Provincial President and the visiting US team discussed volley of subjects including global initiatives on fighting poverty and disease besides measures to ensure tranquility between nations and continents.

Dinesh Dubey, Adviser, US Embassy was also present at the breakfast meeting at Rana’s residence.

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