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10:33 A.M. EDT
PRESIDENT BUSH: Mr. President, thank you for coming. Yesterday, in my speech to the United Nations, I said that you're a man of peace who believes in a two-state solution. And after our conversation today, once again you confirmed that.
I, too, believe that the best way to bring peace to the
I can't thank you enough for the courage you have shown. I assure you that our government wants to work with you in order
-- so that you're able -- capable of delivering the vision that so many Palestinians long for, and that is a society in which they can raise their children in peace and hope. And I know that society is possible. And I appreciate your vision along those lines.
So, welcome to
PRESIDENT ABBAS: (As translated.) Mr. President, thank you very much. I'm honored to meet with you, as you said, for the fifth time during these past years.
First of all, I would like to thank you greatly for the wonderful speech that you have delivered yesterday before the United Nations, and talk about the Palestinian issues and your vision of two states, and you adopt this vision. Mr. President, you are the first American President to adopt the vision of two states living side-by-side.
Of course, I've talked with the President about the situation in the
Of course, we look forward to activate the various plans and various resolutions and the road map in order to be in a position to reach with our neighbors the desired objectives.
We always, Mr. President -- we look forward to your support and your help and your aid, because we are in dire need for your help and support. Mr. President, we will always be faithful and truthful to peace, and we will not disappoint you.
PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you, sir. Thank you very much.
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