Foreign Office spokesperson lauds ‘positive’ meeting with India on Kartarpur Corridor

An exterior view of the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara. Picture: Naveed Ahmed Rathore/SAMAA

The assembly between Pakistan and India on the opening of the Kartarpur Hall was very constructive and either side have agreed to work in direction of opening the hall quickly.

Talking on the Wagah Border after getting back from India, Dr Mohammad Faisal, the Overseas Workplace spokesperson and director-general of South Asia, stated that they’ve “agreed to work in direction of expeditiously operationalizing the Kartarpur Hall”.

An 18-member Overseas Workplace group, headed by Dr Faisal, went to India for talks on the main points of the Kartarpur Hall. Either side held knowledgeable stage discussions between technical specialists on the alignment and different particulars of hall, he stated, including that the following assembly could be on April 2 on the Wagah Border, in Pakistan.

This assembly shall be preceded by a technical knowledgeable assembly on March 19 on the “zero factors”, which means the positioning the place the hall shall be made, to finalise the alignment.

The assembly went properly, he stated. There have been some points however I can’t inform you the main points but, he stated, including that the media shall be invited to cowl the technical assembly in addition to the April 2 assembly.

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He stated that they can transfer ahead as a result of the surroundings was conducive from either side. They have been very welcoming and it was a constructive surroundings, stated Dr Faisal.

The assembly was held in Attari, which is close to Amritsar.

Talking to the media on the Wagah Border earlier than heading to India, Dr Faisal stated that the go to was “persevering with with our spirit of constructive engagement and suppleness and consistent with our honest efforts to deescalate the state of affairs for regional peace and stability”. He stated that this was the primary in a collection of conferences.

“We hope this initiative of the prime minister won’t solely facilitate Sikhs, particularly from India, however shall be a step ahead within the present course from battle to cooperation, animosity to peace and enmity to friendship,” he stated.

Related: Pakistan not pleased with India’s decision not to issue visas to journalists to cover the Kartarpur meeting

Pakistan expressed its disappointment on Wednesday at India’s refusal to concern Pakistani journalists visas to cowl the occasion. Throughout the groundbreaking ceremony for the hall on November 28, 2018, Pakistan granted a number of Indian journalists visas and the overseas minister hosted a dinner for them.

The hall is supposed to supply Sikh pilgrims entry to the Sri Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara. The visa-free hall is between the gurdwara in Pakistan and the Indian city of Dera Baba Nanak, which is round six kilometres away.

The hall is predicted to be opened this 12 months, forward of the celebrations for Guru Baba Nanak’s 550th start anniversary.

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