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Kartarpur corridor: Pakistan, India resolve technical matters

Kartarpur corridor: Pakistan, India resolve technical matters
March 19, 2019
WAGAH (92 News) – Pakistan and India resolved technical matters, including the height of the road, regarding the Kartarpur corridor during the delegation level talks at Wagah on Tuesday. The meeting lasted for three hours also completed demarcation regarding the corridor. Both sides have installed barbed wires in their territories. The next round of the talks will be held in Wagah on April 2. Both delegations will submit the reports on the dialogues to their governments today. After the survey report, consensus will be developed over the crossing points. A 10-member delegation of Pakistani experts participated in the talks. The decision to hold meeting of technical experts of Pakistan and India was taken by officials of the two countries in their March 14 meeting held at the Attari border. Fifty percent of the four-kilometer stretch of the corridor being built by Pakistan has been completed while the stretch between Zero Line to Baba Nanak’s shrine is being built by India. India is building a passenger terminal at Zero Line at an estimated cost of Rs1.9 billion. It is hoped that the first phase of the corridor will be completed before the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism. Meanwhile, China has welcomed the meeting between India and Pakistan to discuss and finalize modalities for the Kartarpur corridor. Beijing hopes relevant progress will help to further ease tensions between India and Pakistan and improve the regional situation, foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a press briefing. “India and Pakistan are neighbors that will always live with each other,” Geng said, adding that harmonious relationship between the two countries serves the fundamental interests of both sides and meets the common expectation of the international community. He expressed hope that both sides could continue to demonstrate goodwill, meet each other halfway, properly settle differences through dialogues, improve bilateral relations and jointly safeguard regional peace and stability.