US welcomes Kartarpur Corridor agreement between Pakistan, India


WASHINGTON: US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice Wells on Friday welcomed the agreement between Pakistan and India on the Kartarpur Corridor.

“Welcome news of a finalized agreement that paves the way for a corridor between India and Pakistan, allowing Sikh pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib. We look forward to the formal opening in November. Building people-to-people ties between neighbors is good news,” Wells wrote on Twitter.

Pakistan and India on Thursday signed an agreement for opening the Kartarpur Corridor. Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal and India’s Joint Secretary External Affairs S. C. L. Das signed the agreement on behalf of their respective countries at Kartarpur Zero Point.

Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the Corridor on Nov 9.

In the agreement, Islamabad has kept a service fee of $20 for Sikh pilgrims visiting the Corridor from the Indian side, unchanged. As many as 5,000 Sikh pilgrims can visit Kartarpur daily and Pakistan will consider the possibility of allowing more pilgrims on special occasions.