UAE’s ambassador Ahmad Al Banna was quoted as saying that he hoped India’s move would help improve social and economic conditions in the state. Article 370A report in Gulf NewsSri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said making Ladakh a Union Territory was an internal matter of India. “The creation of Ladakh and the consequential restructuring are India’s internal matters,” he said on social media. He, however, faced some criticism for saying that Ladakh was turning into another state and that it had a Buddhist majority. The Ladakh region, including Kargil, in fact has more Muslims, mostly Shia, than Buddhists. “I understand Ladakh will finally become an Indian state. Buddhists are 70% of Ladakh’s population and it will be the first Indian state with Buddhist majority,” he had said.
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