NEW DELHI, March 14 (Xinhua) -- The first meeting between India and Pakistan to discuss and finalise the modalities for Kartarpur Corridor began Thursday in northern state of Punjab, local government officials said.
The delegations from both sides met at Attari on the Indian side of the Attari-Wagah border.
"The talks between India and Pakistan to discuss and finalise the modalities for Kartarpur Corridor have begun at Attari," an official at deputy commissioner's office in Amritsar said.
Official delegations from both the sides reached Amritsar on Wednesday evening to participate in the meeting.
Meanwhile, India's External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar described the participation in the meeting as his government's commitment to fulfill a dream.
"Commitment to fulfill a dream! Talks begin between India and Pakistan to discuss and finalize the modalities for the Kartarpur Corridor, at Attari, Amritsar, that'll facilitate Indian pilgrims to visit the holy shrine of Gurudwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur," Kumar wrote on Twitter.
The meeting is being held in line with government's decision to operationalise the Kartarpur Corridor on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev (a Sikh Guru) in November this year, officials said.
Opening of the corridor and having smooth access to the Sikh shrine in Pakistan is a long-pending public demand of Sikhs from Indian side.