US welcomes Kartarpur Corridor opening

at 10:09 pm

New Delhi (NVI): The United States on Saturday welcomed the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor and said that it see this as a positive example of neighbours working together for mutual benefit.

The US State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus in a video statement said, “The State Department welcomes the opening of a new border crossing between India and Pakistan, the Kartarpur corridor. We see this as a positive example of neighbors working together for mutual benefit”.

Stating it as a step towards promoting greater religious freedom, Ortagus said, “It allows Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, an important Sikh house of worship just inside the Pakistan border.

“This impressive project will transform a remote, three acre site across a sensitive international boundary,” She said.

She congratulated both India and Pakistan on this initiative, and added, “Our best wishes to the pilgrims making the crossing for the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak’s birth”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today threw open the Kartarpur Corridor between India and Pakistan and flagged off the first batch of more than 500 Sikh pilgrims.

He also released a coin to commemorate the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism, who spent his last 14 years at the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib shrine in Pakistan.