India and Pakistan ready to resume talks on Kartarpur on July 14

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India and Pakistan are set to resume talks on the Kartarpur corridor on July 14 after Pakistan reaffirmed its commitment to expeditious completion of Kartarpur Corridor.

According to media reports Pakistan has accepted an Indian proposal for a second bilateral meeting on the modalities for the functioning of visa-free passage in the second week of July.

“Pakistan, today, conveyed to India that the second meeting to discuss the draft agreement for finalising the modalities of Kartarpur Corridor and related technical issues will be held on 14th July, 2019 at Wagah,” said a Foreign Office (FO) statement.

India had earlier pulled out of the second bilateral meeting scheduled for April 2 after the two sides had met at Attari on March 14.

The FO said the Indian side was asked to share the composition of its delegation visiting Wagah on July 14.

Earlier it was reported that New Delhi had proposed to Pakistan that the second meeting of the officials for finalising the modalities of the opening of the corridor be held between July 11 and 14 at Wagah on the Pakistani side of the border.

The corridor, a peace initiative of Pakistani government, is being constructed to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in November this year. The corridor will provide Indian Sikhs visa-free access to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Pakistan.

The statement announcing that the talks had been again scheduled for July 14 said: “Pakistan remains committed to expedite progress on the matter to ensure that the Corridor is operationalised in time for the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak in November 2019.”

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