(Web Desk) – The United States of America has welcomed the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor, while pointing out that it sees the initiative as “a positive example" for the neighbouring countries working together for mutual benefit.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday formally inaugurated the historic corridor to facilitate visa-free entry of Indian Sikh pilgrims to one of Sikhism’s holiest shrines in Pakistani town of Narowal.
The U.S. State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus stated, in a video posted on her official twitter handle, that the U.S. "welcomes the opening of a new border crossing between India and Pakistan, the Kartarpur Corridor."
“The newly opened corridor is a step towards promoting greater religious freedom,” she said.
.@StateDept welcomes the opening of a new border crossing between #India & #Pakistan, the Kartarpur corridor. This corridor is a step towards promoting greater #religiousfreedom. Best wishes to the pilgrims making the crossing for the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak’s birth. pic.twitter.com/CpkKD6ztgB- Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) November 9, 2019
Ortagus also sent her best wishes to the pilgrims crossing the border for the 550th birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev.
"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," Ortagus said.
"Congratulations to Pakistan on this initiative, and our best wishes to the pilgrims making the crossing for the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak’s birth," Ortagus said.
Guru Nanak Dev spent the last 18 years of his life at Kartarpur Sahib, which has now become the world’s largest Sikh Gurdwara.