India, Pakistan begin talks on Kartarpur corridor

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Indian and Pakistani officials on Thursday began talks at Attari, near Amritsar, to finalise modalities of the corridor to the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara.

“Commitment to fulfil a dream!” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

“Talks begin between India & Pakistan to discuss and finalize the modalities for the #KartarpurCorridor, at Attari, Amritsar, that’ll facilitate Indian pilgrims to visit the holy shrine of Gurudwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur,” he added.

The meeting began after the arrival of the Pakistani delegation via the Attari-Wagah joint check post land border. Officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), National High Authority of India and other related departments represented the Indian side at the talks.

The Pakistani delegation at the talks is led by Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal. The delegation also includes senior officials of Foreign Ministry, Interior Ministry, Ministry of Law and Justice and Religious Affairs Ministry.

Addressing the media prior to departure, Dr Faisal said they are heading to India for talks with a positive message and hopefully the talks will succeed.

An Indian delegation is expected to visit Islamabad for a follow-up meeting on March 28.