US welcomes Pakistan, India Kartarpur Corridor initiative

US welcomes Pakistan, India Kartarpur Corridor initiative

Washington (Web Desk): The United States (US) has welcomed the Kartarpur Corridor initiative between Pakistan and India.

During a recent press briefing, State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said that that the US welcomed the talks between Pakistan and Indian on building the Kartarpur Corridor.

"Anything that increases people-to-people ties between India and Pakistan is something that we are incredibly supportive of," the State Department spokesperson said.

This move comes days after Pakistan and India held second round of talks regarding the Kartarpur Corridor at the Wagah border on July 14.

Briefing the media at Wagha border, Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said that a consensus had been reached on eighty per cent of the issues regarding Kartarpur Corridor, whereas rest of the issues would be resolved during future talks.

The first round of talks between the two nuclear-armed arch-rivals was held on March 14 this year at India’s Attari border. It was decided that the second round will take place at Wagah border on April 2 but India had refused to participate in the meeting.

However, the second round was held on India's request.

Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone of four kilometres-long Kartarpur Corridor in district Narowal in November 2018.

The project connects two Sikh holy sites, Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Pakistan and Dera Baba Nanak in India.

Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Narowal district of Pakistan's Punjab province holds religious significance for the Sikh community. It is where Baba Guru Nanak settled down after his travels as a missionary. He lived there for 18 years until his death in 1539.