US Congratulates Pakistan And India Over Kartarpur Corridor
The United States has welcomed the Kartarpur Corridor and has congratulated Pakistan and India over the opening of the border crossing.
The border corridor connects two of Sikhism’s holiest places, Dera Baba Nanak in Indian Punjab and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Narowal. It is meant to facilitate Sikhs from India intending to visit the place where Baba Guru Nanak spent the last 18 years of his life.
US State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus stated in a video message on social media that the US sees the Kartarpur Corridor as a positive example of neighbours working together for mutual benefit.
Ortagus added that the newly-inaugurated corridor was a step towards promoting religious freedom as it would enable Sikh pilgrims to visit an important Sikh House of worship just inside the Pakistan border.
.@StateDept welcomes the opening of a new border crossing between #India & #Pakistan, the Kartarpur corridor. This corridor is a step towards promoting greater #religiousfreedom. Best wishes to the pilgrims making the crossing for the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak’s birth. pic.twitter.com/CpkKD6ztgB
— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) November 9, 2019
She further said that the project would transform a remote, three-acre site across a sensitive international boundary. She stated, “Congratulations to India and Pakistan on this initiative, and our best wishes to the pilgrims making the crossing for the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak’s birth.”