External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar during a media briefing in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo/ANI
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar during a media briefing in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo/ANI

Kartarpur corridor is a matter of sentiment, important to sort differences: India

ANI | Updated: Jul 04, 2019 19:09 IST

New Delhi [India], July 4 (ANI): India on Thursday said that New Delhi and Islamabad will discuss the contentious issues regarding Kartarpur corridor during the upcoming meeting scheduled to take place on July 14 in a bid to fulfill the wishes of the Sikh community.
"We had proposed a set of dates. Pakistan agreed they'll come for dialogue on July 14. There are certain differences. We'll discuss those issues. It's important to emphasise it's a matter of sentiment; it's a matter of fulfilling wishes of Sikh community," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
Pakistan on Tuesday conveyed to India that the second meeting for finalising the modalities to operationalise the Kartarpur corridor will be held on July 14 on their side of the border.
"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 July 14, 2019, at Wagah," an official communique said.
The Indian side has been requested to convey the composition of its delegation, it added.
The press release said: "Pakistan remains committed to expediting progress on the matter to ensure that the Corridor is operationalized in time for the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak in November 2019."
Last week, India had proposed fresh dates, tentatively in the second week of July, to finalise the outstanding technical issues pertaining to the corridor, sources had said.
The second round of talks was postponed by the Indian side after reports surfaced about the appointment of "controversial elements" by Pakistan in a committee associated with the corridor.
The two countries were previously slated to meet on April 2 in Pakistan, which was stalled.
Despite the postponement, India had offered to hold a technical meeting to discuss other aspects, according to India's Ministry of External Affair spokesperson Kumar.
Local media reports have claimed that Pakistan has completed more than 50 per cent of the construction work of the corridor.
The first round of talks between the two sides was held at Attari in Punjab on March 14, during which issues like finalisation of the draft agreement between the two countries were discussed. (ANI)

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