India-Pakistan Joint Press Statement,
Islamabad, January 6, 2004
Pakistan issued a joint statement at the end of the 12th Summit
meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation
(SAARC) in Islamabad on January 6, 2004. Presented below is the
full text of the statement:
The President of Pakistan and the Prime Minister of India met during
the SAARC summit in Islamabad.
The Indian Prime Minister while expressing satisfaction over the successful
conclusion of the SAARC summit appreciated the excellent arrangements
made by the host country.
Both leaders welcomed the recent steps towards normalisation of relations
between the two countries and expressed the hope that the positive trends
set by the CBMs would be consolidated.
Prime Minister Vajpayee said that in order to take forward and sustain
the dialogue process, violence, hostility and terrorism must be prevented.
President Musharraf reassured Prime Minister Vajpayee that he will not
permit any territory under Pakistan's control to be used to support
terrorism in any manner. President Musharraf emphasised that a sustained
and productive dialogue addressing all issues would lead to positive
To carry the process of normalisation forward, the president of Pakistan
and the Prime Minister of India agreed to commence the process of the
composite dialogue in February 2004. The two leaders are confident that
the resumption of the composite dialogue will lead to peaceful settlement
of all bilateral issues, including Jammu and Kashmir, to the satisfaction
of both sides.
The two leaders agreed that constructive dialogue would promote progress
towards the common objective of peace, security and economic development
for our peoples and for future generations.
January 6, 2004
of External Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi