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Manmohan -Zardari meet: Following is the text of the joint statement

india Updated: Sep 25, 2008 09:09 IST
Manmohan -Zardari meet: Following is the text of the joint statement

The President of Pakistan and Prime Minister of India met during the 63rd UNGA session in New York. Prime Minister Singh congratulated President Zardari on his election as the victory of democracy in Pakistan. He expressed the hope that this would pave the way for a profound transformation of the bilateral relationship so that India and Pakistan could work together on their shared objectives of peace, prosperity and security.

Both leaders welcomed the several positive outcomes of the four rounds of the Composite Dialogues which have brought their people and businesses and institutions closer while permitting sustained efforts to be made to resolve all outstanding issues: these gains need to be consolidated.

They agreed to work for an early and full normalisation of relations between India and Pakistan, on the basis of mutual respect, peaceful co-existence and non-interference.

Both leaders acknowledged that the peace process has been under strain in recent months.

They agreed that violence, hostility and terrorism have no place in the vision they share of the bilateral relationship and must be visibly and verifiably prevented.

Severe actions would be taken against any element directing or involved in terrorist acts.

President Zardari reassured PM Singh that government of Pakistan stand by its commitment of January 6, 2004.

Both leaders agreed that the forces that have tried to derail the peace process must be defeated.

This would allow the continuation and deepening of a constructive dialogues for the peaceful resolution and satisfactory settlement of all bilateral issues including Jammu and Kashmir.

The two leaders agreed that

* The Foreign Secretaries of both countries will schedule meetings of the 5th round of 'Composite Dialogue' in the next three months which will focus on deliverable and comprehensive achievements.

* The cease-fire should be stabilised to this end, DGMOs and sector commanders will stay in regular contacts. -- A special meeting of the Joint Anti-Terror Mechanism will be held in October, 2008 to address mutual concerns including the bombing of the Indian Embassy in Kabul.

* The expansion of people-to-people contact, trade, commerce and economic cooperation provides an effective platform to develop and strengthen bilateral relations. Towards this end, it was decided to:

* Open the Wagah-Attari road link to all permissible items of trade.

* Open the Khokrapar-Munnabao rail routes to all permissible items of trade.

* Continue interaction between the planning commission of both the countries to develop mutually beneficial cooperation including the energy sector.

* Commence cross LoC trade on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawalakot roads on October 21, 2008. -- Modalities for the opening of the Skardu-Kargil route will be discussed soon.