India and Pakistan have on Thursday agreed to work “expeditiously” together to operationalize the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor and further decided to hold discussions between both sides on March 19, which is expected to be followed by another round of dialogues on April 2 over the issue.
According to ANI news reports, an eighteen-member team of Pakistani delegation, led by DG (SAARC and SA) of Pakistan’s ministry of foreign affairs Mohammad Faisal, has arrived in New Delhi on Thursday. The Indian delegation was led by SCL Das, joint secretary in the ministry of home affairs.
The statement stated: The first meeting to discuss the modalities and the draft agreement for facilitation of pilgrims to visit Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib using the Kartarpur Corridor was held today at Attari, India in a cordial environment. Both sides held detailed and constructive discussions on various aspects and provisions of the proposed agreement and agreed to work towards expeditiously operationalizing the Kartapur Sahib Corridor.”
The statement further said: “It was agreed to hold the next meeting at Wagah on 2 April 2019. This will be preceded by a meeting of the technical experts on 19 March 2019 at the proposed zero points to finalize the alignment.”
Meanwhile, a team of the Indian delegation is scheduled to pay a visit to Islamabad on March 28, as Pak’s ministry of foreign affairs has reported.