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US welcomes India, Pak's bid to improve ties through Kartarpur corridor

The Kartarpur corridor, which India had proposed to Pakistan around 20 years ago, is expected to be completed within six months

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur
Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur | Photo: Wikipedia

The said on Friday that it welcomes efforts by and to increase people-to-people contact, days after the two neighbouring countries laid foundation stones for a corridor linking two revered gurdwaras on both sides of the border.

I'm aware of reports on this I understand that it's kind of a visa-free way for Indians to visit this important Sikh site. And of course, the would welcome efforts to increase people-to-people ties between and Pakistan, State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino told reporters.

Palladino was responding to questions on the construction of the much-awaited corridor that will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur the final resting place of Sikh faith's founder Guru Nanak Dev with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa-free movement of pilgrims.

The Kartarpur corridor, which had proposed to around 20 years ago, is expected to be completed within six months.

Thousands of Sikh devotees from India visit every year to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.

Replying to another question on Donald Trump's tweets on stopping aid to Pakistan at a time when the US is seeking its cooperation on Afghanistan, the State Department Spokesperson stressed the need for Islamabad to build confidence in bilateral relations.

The Secretary (of State) has emphasized the need for Pakistan to deliver outcome and build confidence and trust between our two countries, and our policy towards Pakistan is clear, Palladino said.

First Published: Fri, November 30 2018. 07:55 IST
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