Zee Media Bureau/Tarun Khanna
Washington: Despite ongoing shutdown, US agreed to reopen tourist sites including Statue of Liberty and Grand Canyon from October 12 to October 17.
The tourist sites, which were closed since October 1 after US shutdown came into force, will be temporarily funded by the states where they are located.
The sites will be funded either by state funds or private donations for six days.
Besides Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore and Rocky Mountain National Park will also be reopened.
The shutdown had closed nearly 400 national parks, resulting in furloughs for more than 20,000 Park Service employees.
As per the agreement between National Park Service (NPS) and states, NPS personnel from furlough will be called back to perform their duties towards these tourist sites.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama and the Republican party leadership have decided to continue talks to find any possible deal to re-open government and raise the debt ceiling. However, as of now there is no possible resolution.