US hails outcome of Kartarpur talks

US hails outcome of Kartarpur talks

Agency News

Washington, Jul 17: The United States has said it is "incredibly supportive" of moves made by India and Pakistan that increases people-to-people ties between the two countries.

"Anything that increases people-to-people ties between India and Pakistan is something that we’re incredibly supportive of," State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said at a briefing on Tuesday, welcoming last Sunday's talks on building the Kartarpur Corridor, "We encourage it."

The corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev.

In the talks at Wagah, both sides made progress in discussions on modalities and draft agreement and Pakistan agreed to allow 5,000 Sikh pilgrims every day throughout the year to visit Kartarpur Sahib.

The 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak is coming up in November 2019.

Ortagus also voiced optimism about US and India settling their differences over trade and tariff. (UNI)