2003 Public Statement

Joint Saudi-Pakistani communique on the occasion of the visit of Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to Islamabad, October 18-19, 2003

"The two sides have observed with concern the orchestrated campaign branding Muslims as extremists and terrorists and agree on the need to project throughout the world the correct image of Islam based on the concept of enlightened moderation. They emphasize the need to distinguish between terrorism and genuine national liberation movements.

"The two sides underline the necessity of restoring peace in Iraq by allowing the United Nations to play its due role, leading to full restoration of sovereignty to the Iraqi people within a specified time frame.

"The two sides reaffirm that the solution to the Middle East problem lies in unconditional implementation of the quartet's roadmap, the peace plan presented by Crown Prince Abdullah, and relevant UN resolutions, leading to creation of an independent and viable Palestinian state with secure borders. They note that the Israeli policy of targeted killings, establishment of Jewish settlements, and the construction of the so-called security fence, are contributing to escalating tensions in the Middle East.

"Pakistani leaders have briefed the Crown Prince on the current political and military environment in the South Asian sub-continent. The two sides agree on the need for the immediate resolution of the Kashmir dispute through negotiations, in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions. They emphasize the need for sustained dialogue between Pakistan and India to resolve all outstanding issues, leading to normalization of the regional situation in South Asia.

"The two sides express commitment and support to the Bonn process and President Karzai's government in Afghanistan. They emphasize the need for restoration of peace in Afghanistan, through establishment of a broad-based government representing the ethnic composition of Afghanistan.

"The two sides agree that the visit by the Crown Prince to Pakistan was an important occasion for furthering mutual understanding and cooperation between the two brotherly countries. The two sides have resolved to adopt practical measures to further reinforce the existing level of political understanding, by instituting regular high-level bilateral consultations between the two Foreign Ministries. They have also agreed on annual exchanges of ministerial delegations with a view to taking practical measures for the maximum utilization of the existing economic potential of the two countries. The two sides reiterate their conviction that the consolidation and reinforcement of solidarity and cooperation amongst Muslim countries in various fields is not only to their common benefit, but also constitutes a positive and dynamic factor in the promotion of international peace and security.

"They are in agreement that the Islamic World [ummah] is facing serious challenges and that there is need for concerted action by Muslim countries to face the situation together. In this context, the two sides welcome the deliberations of the recent Summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) held in Kuala Lumpur, and are committed to make joint efforts to revitalize the OIC, so that it can play an effective role in protecting the interests of Muslim countries, and promoting understanding with other countries of the world."