Op with King Hamad of Bahrain
The White House
February 3, 2003
6:30 P.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT: Tonight I'll have a statement, His Majesty will have a statement,
then we'll ask you all to leave. We've got some -- we've got some business to
First, Your Majesty, welcome to the Oval Office. It is such an honor to have
you here. America has got a great friend in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It's a place
where we've had longstanding relations; a place where we've had mil-to-mil relations
for, I think, nearly 50 years. And you have been a stalwart when it comes to
peace. And we're so appreciative that you're here.
His Majesty hopes that we're able to -- like me, hopes that we're able to resolve
this issue peacefully in Iraq. But if Saddam Hussein does not disarm, for the
sake of peace and security for not only the people in the region, for people
here in America, we will go in and disarm him. And I have made that clear to
His Majesty in prior conversations. He fully understands the position of the
United States, and he has been incredibly supportive, for which I'm grateful.
HIS MAJESTY KING HAMAD: Thank you, Mr. President.
And I thank the President for his wonderful reception, and the clear objectives
for security and development, especially in our region.
And this is something we really need at this level of leadership. The decision-making
process and the objectives are very clear concerning the well-being of the people
of the region and of the world. And I thank him for receiving me today.
I came all the way from Bahrain to here really to show this warm relationship
and to support the President in what he's doing for our stability and purpose.
Thank you very much.
THE PRESIDENT: Thanks very much. Thanks. I appreciate you coming.