United States is positively Supportive of The Kartarpur Corridor
- The United States welcomed the Kartarpur Corridor initiative between Pakistan and India.
- The US encouraged the initiative saying that it would increase people-to-people ties between India and Pakistan.
- India and Pakistan held the second round of bilateral talks to narrow down their differences on the corridor.
The United States welcomed the Kartarpur Corridor initiative by Pakistan and India to facilitate Sikh pilgrims.
Awhile addressing a press conference, the spokesperson of State Department, Morgan Ortagus said in Washington that it is certainly great news and we encourage it.“That was a great news report, we encourage it,” Ms. Ortagus said.
“The Corridor is going to increase people-to-people ties between India and Pakistan and is something that we are incredibly supportive of.”
This move comes days after the second round of talks between Pakistan and India held at the Wagah border. The talks ended successfully with both sides reaching a consensus on 80% of the issues.
On Nov 28, 2018, Prime Minister Imran Khan had laid the foundation of Kartarpur Corridor to link GurdwaraDarbar Sahib in Pakistan with India’s Gurdaspur district.
The corridor is committed to open the corridor by November. The construction work is happening in full swing. Both Pakistan and India held talks to finalize the modalities of the Kartarpur Corridor.
On July 14, India and Pakistan held the second round of bilateral talks to narrow down their differences on the corridor for travel of Sikh pilgrims. Both sides said that they had agreed to a majority of modalities for the smooth passage of the pilgrims.
Pakistan gave permission to permit 5,000 pilgrims to visit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara each day and they will be allowed to travel as individuals or in groups by foot.
The Indian government expressed confidence in beginning the pilgrimage through the Kartarpur Corridor on the auspicious occasion of the 550th birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Devi.