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Washington File

05 June 2003

Bush Praises Qatar's Steadfast Friendship and Leadership

(Arrives in Doha for talks with Amir Al Thani June 5) (310)
Greeted upon his arrival in Qatar June 5 by Amir Hamad Bin Khalifa Al
Thani, President Bush thanked the amir for Qatar's steadfast
friendship.
"You and your wife have been a leader in education reform and reforms
leading to freedom, and for that we are very grateful as well and are
impressed by your leadership," Bush said.
Following is the text of remarks by the president and Amir Al Thani:
(begin transcript)
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
(Doha, Qatar)
June 5, 2003
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT IN MEETING WITH AMIR OF QATAR
Amiri Diwan
Doha, Qatar
8:59 A.M. (L)
THE AMIR: I would like to welcome His Excellency the President in
Qatar. We are delighted to have him here with us in Qatar. The
President is the first sitting U.S. President ever to visit Qatar.
However, his father, President Bush, was actually here in Qatar in
1960, but perhaps the President does not remember -- he was young
then. (Laughter.)
So we are delighted to continue our dialogue with the President and
continue the issues that we have discussed recently in Washington
during my visit regarding the bilateral relationship between the two
countries.
THE PRESIDENT: Your Highness, thank you so much for your grand
hospitality. You have been a steadfast friend of the United States and
for that we are very grateful. You and your wife have been a leader in
education reform and reforms leading to freedom, and for that we are
very grateful as well and are impressed by your leadership. And it is
my honor to be the first sitting United States President to have
visited this important country and I want to thank you for your
hospitality.
END     9:02 A.M
(end transcript)
(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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