Annan hails meetings between leaders of India and Pakistan

5 January 2004
Kofi Annan

Lauding new contacts between the leaders of India and Pakistan, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged further dialogue between the two South Asian nations to settle their differences.

In a statement released by his spokesman, Mr. Annan welcomed the meetings held in Islamabad yesterday and today between Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee of India with Pakistan's President, Pervez Musharraf, and its Prime Minister, Zafarullah Khan Jamali.

"He considers that these meetings represent another important step forward in the continuing bilateral efforts to improve relations and resolve outstanding issues between the two countries," the spokesman said. "The Secretary-General urges both sides to continue with these efforts and hopes the summit meetings will give a new impetus to serious and sustained dialogue."


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