Statement for Pakistani President's Visit to New York
November 10, 2001
President George W. Bush and President Pervez Musharraf met in New York today
and reaffirmed the strength and vitality of the bilateral relationship between
Pakistan and the United States. The two Presidents expressed the conviction
that the global coalition against terrorism is essential for the elimination
of the Taliban regime and the Al-Qaida network and those who harbor them. President
Musharraf welcomed the clear commitments expressed by President Bush to continued
active United States engagement in Pakistan and the entire South Asian sub-continent.
President Bush and President Musharraf reaffirmed the benefits of 50 years of
friendship and close cooperation between Pakistan and the United States and
recalled the pivotal role of the Pakistan-U.S. alliance in the triumph of the
free world at the end of the cold war. They welcomed the revival of this longstanding
partnership and expressed their conviction that it would constitute a vital
element in the construction of a durable structure of peace, stability, economic
growth and enhanced prosperity at the regional and global level. They also held
wide-ranging discussions on the current anti-terrorism campaign and exchanged
views on bilateral, regional, and international issues.
President Musharraf strongly condemned the terrorist attacks of September 11
and conveyed the sympathy and solidarity of the people and government of Pakistan
to the people and government of the United States. President Bush recognized
Pakistan's role as a front-line state in the global campaign against terrorism
and expressed gratitude for Pakistan's vital support in the international campaign.
Both leaders agreed to continue their ongoing excellent cooperation and to pursue
a coherent and coordinated diplomatic, political, military, economic, financial
and humanitarian strategy to eliminate terrorism.
President Bush stressed that the United States and Pakistan are friends of long-standing
and that Pakistan is a great Islamic nation. He emphasized that the United States
has great respect for Islam and noted the fast growth of the Islamic community
in America. President Bush stated that our campaign is against those who pervert
a great religion in the service of evil. President Bush and President Musharraf
also discussed means of easing the plight of the Afghan refugees. President
Bush recognized the leading role that Pakistan has played in receiving and caring
for Afghan refugees and emphasized that the United States is the largest foreign
donor of humanitarian aid. Even tonight, using our military resources, United
States planes are dropping badly needed food supplies to the Afghan people.
The two presidents agreed that the international community will have to provide
sizeable and sustained resources for the reconstruction of Afghanistan. They
also affirmed their support for the efforts of the United Nations, Secretary
General Annan, and Special Envoy Brahimi. They agreed that peace and stability
in Afghanistan can be achieved through the institution of a broad-based, multi-ethnic,
representative government, established through consensus among Afghans, and
evolved under the auspices of the United Nations. They also acknowledged that
Afghanistan should enjoy friendly relations with all its neighbors and be a
link between Central and South Asia, and free from the scourge of terrorism
President Musharraf welcomed President Bush's decision to lift a number of sanctions
that allow the resumption of cooperation with Pakistan. They agreed that the
bilateral relationship is built on the shared interests and values of the American
and Pakistani peoples. President Bush welcomed the efforts that the Pakistani
citizens are making to support the coalition against terrorism. Affirming their
commitment to Pakistan's economic stabilization and revival program, President
Bush pledged to promote economic assistance to Pakistan.
President Bush confirmed that he will extend support to enable Pakistan to respond
to the economic challenges it confronts. The two presidents discussed ways to
make good on the enormous potential for increased trade and investment between
Pakistan and the United States and agreed to enter into extensive talks regarding
economic issues. President Bush affirmed that the United States is committed
to working with the international financial institutions to provide additional
support for Pakistan. Financial assistance, debt relief, greater trade and investment
opportunities, and sound Pakistani economic policies should assist Pakistan
in its efforts to spur sustainable economic growth. Additionally, President
Bush undertook to consider ways to respond to Pakistan's market access expectations.
President Bush and President Musharraf discussed a broad range of regional security
issues. Both underscored the importance of Pakistan to have a successful transition
to democracy in 2002. President Bush and President Musharraf agreed to continue
and expand defense consultations. President Bush welcomed President Musharraf's
commitment to hold elections by October 2002 and to build a stable, democratic
and prosperous Pakistan, in which the rights of all Pakistanis are fully protected.
President Bush and President Musharraf expressed shared concern about the threat
to global stability posed by the proliferation of ballistic missiles and weapons
of mass destruction. They agreed on the need for a comprehensive approach to
counter these threats, including enhanced non-proliferation measures at the
global and regional level. President Musharraf looked forward to further discussions
with the United States on these issues.
The two leaders discussed ways to promote stability in South Asia. President
Bush praised President Musharraf's recent call to Prime Minister Vajpayee of
India. President Bush and President Musharraf agreed that India and Pakistan
should resolve the Kashmir issue through diplomacy and dialogue in mutually
acceptable ways that take into account the wishes of the people of Kashmir.
President Bush and President Musharraf resolved to work together closely to
expand bilateral and regional trade. They agreed that launching a new global
trade round in Doha is a top priority for both nations. They confirmed their
commitment to achieve open markets in South Asia, including using the South
Asian Association for Regional Cooperation 's (SAARC) full potential more effectively.
The two leaders agreed that the United States will continue to take steps to
strengthen Pakistan's economy. They agreed that the United States and Pakistan
can accomplish great things together and that the American and Pakistani people
look forward to building peace, stability and prosperity, both in South Asia
and around the world.