UK, Japan welcome opening of Kartarpur Corridor
ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – UK and Japan welcomed the fact the move would be enable Sikh pilgrims from India to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan and promote the relation between the neighbouring countries.
In a statement, Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press Secretary OHTAKA Masato has expressed hope that the opening of Kartarpur Corridor would promote people-to-people exchanges between Pakistan and India.
He also welcomed the fact that the move would enable Sikh pilgrims from India to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan easily and safely.
Meanwhile, the United Kingdom (UK) welcomed the opening of Kartarpur Corridor as a step towards regional, religious peace and harmony.
In a statement on Twitter, Lord of Wimbledon, who is also UK’s Prime Minister Special envoy on freedom of religious belief said, UK warmly welcomes cooperation and people-to-people links between India and Pakistan.
Earlier, the US welcomed the historic opening of the Kartarpur corridor and described it as a step towards promoting greater religious freedom.
In a video message on Twitter, US State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said that Washington sees the opening of the corridor as a positive example of neighbours working together for their mutual benefit.
“The State Department welcomes the opening of a new border crossing between India and Pakistan, the Kartarpur corridor. We see this as a positive example of neighbours working together for mutual benefit. The newly opened corridor is a step towards promoting greater religious freedom,” Ortagus said.
“It allows Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, an important Sikh house of worship just inside the Pakistan border. This impressive project will transform a remote, three-acre site across a sensitive international boundary. Congratulations to India and Pakistan on this initiative, she added.
The State Department also extended its best wishes to the pilgrims visiting Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib for the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.