ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and India held “positive talks in a conducive environment” on the draft agreement of Kartarpur corridor connecting Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Narowal district with Dera Baba Nanak in India’s Gurdaspur.

This was stated by the Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson and Director General South Asia/Saarc Dr Mohammad Faisal, on Thursday at Wagah border upon his return from Attari, where he led the Pakistani delegation for talks on Kartarpur corridor.

“It was a powerful meeting, the two sides held positive talks,” the spokesperson said, adding that another round of talks will be held at the Wagah border on April 2.

Praising the Indian officials, the FO spokesperson said that the meeting was held in a cordial environment and they (India) were very welcoming. There were, however, differences on certain aspects, the details of which cannot be revealed at the moment, the spokesperson added.

“It was agreed to hold the next meeting at Wagah on 2 April 2019. This will be preceded by a meeting of technical experts on 19 March 2019 at the proposed zero points to finalize the alignment,” he said while reading out a joint press statement.

Pakistan’s 18-member delegation departed for India earlier on Thursday for talks on the Kartarpur Corridor peace initiative. The delegation had entered India via the Wagah border.

Ahead of his departure, Dr Faisal said the meeting at the Attari Complex was a new first step towards sustainable peace in South Asia.

“Continuing with our spirit of constructive engagement and flexibility, and in line with our sincere efforts to de-escalate the situation for regional peace and stability, we decided to agree to India’s proposal and are here today … for what is the first of a series of meetings,” he said.

Stressing the need for de-escalation, he said that regional peace would remain ever elusive without constructive dialogue between Islamabad and New Delhi.

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