Joint Statement by Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Pakistan
President Mr. Pervez Musharraf after they met on the sidelines of United
Nations General Assembly
Date: September 24, 2004
New York, NY
President Musharraf and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh had one hour
meeting this morning. Their discussions were held in a constructive and
frank spirit. They welcomed the opportunity of making each other's
acquaintance during the first meeting.
Both leaders reiterated their commitment to continue the bilateral
dialogue to restore normalcy and cooperation between India and Pakistan.
They agreed that confidence building measures (CBMs) of all categories
under discussion between the two governments should be implemented
keeping in mind practical possibilities. They also addressed the issue
of Jammu and Kashmir and agreed that possible options for a peaceful,
negotiated settlement of the issue should be explored in a sincere
spirit and purposeful manner. In the spirit of the Islamabad joint press
statement of January 6, 2004, they agreed that CBMs will contribute to
generating an atmosphere of trust and mutual understanding so necessary
for the well being of the peoples of both countries.
The possibility of a gas pipeline via Pakistan to India was also
discussed. It was felt that such a project could contribute to the
welfare and prosperity of the people of both countries and should be
considered in the larger context of expanding trade and economic
relations between India and Pakistan.