Text of Pakistan-India joint statement SHARM EL SHEIKH: Following is the text of the joint statement issued here on Thursday at the conclusion of the meeting between Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of 15th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit.
The leaders agreed that terrorism is the main threat to both countries, and affirmed their resolve to cooperate with each other in the fight against terrorism. Singh reiterated the need to bring the perpetrators of Mumbai attacks to justice. Gilani assured him that Pakistan would do everything in its power in this regard. He said Pakistan has provided an updated status dossier on the Mumbai attacks’ investigation and had sought additional information. Singh said the dossier handed over by Pakistan was being reviewed. Both leaders agreed that the two countries would share real time credible and actionable information on any future terrorist threats. Gilani mentioned that Pakistan has some information on threats in Balochistan and other areas. Both prime ministers recognised the fact that dialogue is the only way forward, adding that action on terrorism should not be linked to the Composite Dialogue process and these should not be bracketed. Singh said India was ready to discuss all issues with Pakistan, including all outstanding ones. He reiterated India’s interest in a stable, democratic, Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Both leaders agreed that the real challenge is development and the elimination of poverty. Gilani and Singh resolved to eliminate those factors that prevent Pakistan and India from realising their full potential. Both agreed to work to create an atmosphere of mutual trust and confidence. Both leaders reaffirmed their intention to promote regional cooperation. The prime minister agreed that the foreign secretaries of both countries should meet as often as necessary and report to the respective foreign ministers, who would meet on the sidelines of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly session.