The joint communique issued today declares:

As previously agreed, a meeting was held on Jan. 7 and 8, 1985, in Geneva, between George P. Shultz, the U.S. secretary of state, and Andrei A. Gromyko, member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the CPSU, first deputy deputy chairman of the Council of Ministers of the U.S.S.R. and minister of foreign affairs of the U.S.S.R.

During the meeting, they discussed the subject and objectives of the forthcoming U.S.-Soviet negotiations on nuclear and space arms. The sides agree that the subject of the negotiations will be a complex of questions concerning space and nuclear arms, both strategic and intermediate range, with all the questions considered and resolved in their interrelationship. The objective of the negotiations will be to work out effective agreements aimed at preventing an arms race in space and terminating it on Earth, at limiting and reducing nuclear arms, and at strengthening strategic stability.

The negotiations will be conducted by a delegation from each side, divided into three groups. The sides believe that ultimately the forthcoming negotiations, just as efforts in general to limit and reduce arms, should lead to the complete elimination of nuclear arms everywhere.

The date of beginning of the new negotiation and the site of these negotiations will be agreed through diplomatic channels within one month.