with President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt
Four Seasons Resort
June 3, 2003
3:50 P.M. (Local)
PRESIDENT MUBARAK: Today we have met with the President of the United States,
President George Bush, to affirm our common commitment to seize this historic
moment to advance the peace cause forward.
President Bush gave impetus to the peace process by his vision of two states,
Israel and Palestine, living in peace and security. This vision means that,
alongside the existing state of Israel, a new state for the Palestinians
We welcome the road map rising from this vision, and adopted by the Quartet,
especially since it has been accepted by both the Israeli and Palestinian
governments. We particularly express our appreciation for President Bush's
strong personal commitment for its full implementation.
The road map provides for ending the occupation that began in 1967, and
resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by 2005, through fulfillment of
all sides to their own obligations. Peace obligations are built on the foundations
of the Madrid Conference, the principles of land for peace, and U.N. Security
Council resolutions 242, 338, and 1397, and the initiative of Saudi Crown
Prince Saud Abdallah Aziz, which was unanimously endorsed by the Arab League
Summit in Beirut.
We support the determination of the Palestinian Authority to fulfill its
responsibility to end violence and to maintain law and order, as announced
by Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas. We will continue to support the Palestinian
Authority's efforts to uphold these commitments in order to allow it to consolidate
its authority in democratic and accountable institutions. We will ensure
that our assistance to the Palestinians goes solely to the Palestinian Authority,
and we will continue to support efforts to improve the quality of life of
the Palestinian people.
We call on Israel to simultaneously fulfill its own responsibilities to
rebuild trust and restore normal Palestinian life, and to carry out its other
obligations under the road map, thus promoting progress toward the President's
We affirm our position again against terror and violence. We will continue
to fight the scourge of terrorism against humanity, and reject the culture
of extremism and violence in any form or shape, from whatever source or place,
regardless of justifications or motives, being fully aware of their danger
as a plague that threatens the peace and stability of the whole world. We
will use all the power of the law to prevent support reaching illegal organizations,
including terrorist groups.
We reiterate our support for the Iraqi people as they rebuild their country.
We affirm our commitment once more, the independence and the territorial
integrity of Iraq under a government that represents the Iraqi people and
emanating from its free will; where Iraqi people living in peace and harmony
with its neighbors. And in this regard, we consider U.N. Security Council
Resolution 1483 as a useful means to achieve these goals.
As the countries of this region continue their important endeavors to promote
political, economic and social reforms, we welcome the initiative by the
United States to open new economic opportunities for all the people in the
Middle East. We shall continue to work for a Middle East that is free of
strife and violence, living in harmony, without the threat of terrorism or
dangers of weapons of mass destruction.
Thank you. (Applause.)
PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you, Hosni. Very good job.
Mr. President, thank you for your hospitality and for the invitation to
this spectacular location.
We meet in Sinai at a moment of promise for the cause of peace in the Middle
East. We see the potential for unity against terror. We see the potential
for the birth of a new and Palestinian state. We see the potential for broader
peace among the peoples of this region.
Achieving these goals will require courage and moral vision on every side,
from every leader. America is committed, and I am committed, to helping all
the parties to reach the hard and heroic decisions that will lead to peace.
I want to thank Crown Prince Abdallah, King Hamad, King Abdullah, Prime
Minister Abbas for joining us today. I particularly want to thank President
Mubarak. The United States values its strong ties with Egypt. By hosting
this gathering, President Mubarak is acting in Egypt's best traditions. His
predecessor, Anwar Sadat, was a leader for peace who had the vision to see
opportunities and the bold heart to seize them. In this spirit, we meet today.
Last year on June 24th, I put forth a proposal for two states, Israel and
Palestine, living side-by-side in peace. I called on Israel to respect the
rights of Palestinians, including the right to live in dignity in a free
and peaceful Palestine. I urged the Palestinian people to embrace new leaders
who stand for reform, democracy and for fighting terror.
I also said that progress toward peace would require the active commitment
and support of neighboring states. And today I'm pleased to stand with leaders
of the Arab world, who are committed to these principles.
All progress towards peace requires the rejection of terror. The leaders
here today have declared their firm rejection of terror, regardless of its
justifications or motives. They've also committed to practical actions to
use all means to cut off assistance, including arms and financing to any
terror group, and to aid the Palestinian Authority in their own fight against
Terror threatens my nation. Terror threatens Arab states. Terror threatens
the state of Israel. Terror threatens the emergence of a Palestinian state.
Terror must be opposed and it must be defeated.
Tomorrow, I will go to Aqaba for a meeting with Prime Minister Sharon, Prime
Minister Abbas, to discuss the responsibilities of the Israelis and the Palestinians.
And if all sides fulfill their obligations, we can make steady progress on
the road toward Palestinian statehood, a secure Israel, and a just and comprehensive
We seek true peace; not just a pause between more wars and intifadas, but
a permanent reconciliation among the peoples of the Middle East.
In our meeting today we also discussed the future of Iraq. I reaffirmed
America's commitment to helping the Iraqi people achieve freedom and democracy
in a unified country, its borders intact; a country free of weapons of mass
destruction, and at peace with its neighbors and the world.
America is fully committed to restoring security to Iraqi cities and helping
the Iraqi people rebuild their nation, after decades of cruel and corrupt
dictatorship. I welcome the support of all the nations represented here for
these important goals, and hope they will contribute to helping the good
people of Iraq.
There's a hopeful direction to recent events in the Middle East. In Iraq,
a tyrant in support of terror has been removed. Reform is taking hold in
many societies that are eager to join in the progress and prosperity of our
times. I urge nations throughout the region open their markets, to seek broader
trade in the world, and to join us in creating a U.S.-Middle East free trade
area within a decade.
The leaders here today recognize the importance of representative, democratic
institutions to fulfilling the hopes of the Iraqi and Palestinian people.
And free institutions are critical to the hopes of people everywhere. Allowing
peaceful avenues for the expression of different views and broader political
participation will unleash the talents of each nation. All Middle East countries
that travel this challenging path will have the support and the friendship
of the United States.
In this meeting we've made progress on a broad agenda, and we're determined
to keep moving forward. I thank all the leaders here today, and may God bless
our important work.