News

LAHORE DECLARATION

    The Prime Ministers of Republic of India and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan:-
Sharing a vision of peace and stability between their countries, and of progress and prosperity for their peoples.

Convinced that durable peace and development of harmonious relations and friendly co-operation will serve the vital interests of the peoples of the two countries, enabling them to devote their energies for a better future;

Recognizing that the nuclear dimension of the security environment of the two countries adds to their responsibility for avoidance of conflict between the two countries;

Committed to the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations, and the universally accepted principles of peaceful co-existence;

Reiterating the determination of both countries to implementing the Simla Agreement in letter and spirit;

Committed to the objectives of universal nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation;

Convinced of the importance of mutually agreed confidence building measures for improving the security environment;

Recalling their agreement of 23 September 1998, that an environment of peace and security is in the supreme national interest of both sides and that the resolution of all outstanding issues, including Jammu and Kashmir, is essential for this purpose;

    Have agreed that their respective Governments:-

    Signed at Lahore on the 21st day of February 1999. Sd/-                                                                         Sd/-

Muhammad Nawaz Sharif                         Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Prime Minister of the Islamic                      Prime Minister of the
Republic of Pakistan                                  Republic of India