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One-Road, One-Belt plan makes Centre deny Kerala Minister permission to attend China tourism meet

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Kochi: One-Road, One-Belt (OROB) initiative listed for high-level discussion at UN World Tourism Organisation’s general assembly in China from September 11 to 16 seems to have put hurdles on Kerala Tourism Minister’s Kadakampallly Surendran’s attendance.

The Indian government is not in favour of sending a minister from the country where the OROB, passing through Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, will be a major topic of discussion at assembly in Chengdu.

Union tourism joint secretary Suman Billa may attend the meeting where the official will oppose the OROB initiative.

The official will not attend the high-level segment on OBOR to which the Kerala minister was invited.

Kerala tourism principal secretary V Venu is not attending the event, while director of Kerala Institute of Travel and Tourism Studies Rajashree Ajith will attend the meeting.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has raised objection with the Prime Minister and the External Affairs Minister and described it an unfortunate development and has requested review of the decision.

Pinarayi said the State had lost an opportunity to showcase its tourism opportunities before the world countries.

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