Opportunity with Prime Minister Jose Manuel Durao Barroso of Portugal
The White House
June 6, 2003
11:22 A.M. (EDT)
THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Prime Minister, welcome back. It's such an honor to have
you here. I have been most impressed by Jose's leadership style, his candor
and his honesty. And I appreciate very much his friendship.
We have had a lot of dialogues over the past months. Of course, he welcomed
me and others to the Azores. And I value his advice. He's a good, honest
fellow who cares deeply about basic values. He cares deeply about peace and
freedom. And I treasure my relationship with the Prime Minister.
I'm really glad you came. I want to thank you for being here. I look forward
to a good, candid discussion today and a good lunch -- and on behalf of the
American people, welcome you back to the Oval Office.
THE PRIME MINISTER: Thank you very much, Mr. President, for this warm welcome.
I believe that recent trials put our nations even closer. It was a great
European that once said that no noble things can be done without risks. You
were able to take great risks in Iraq, we supported you.
Now you are taking great risks in the Middle East peace process. Let me
congratulate you for that initiative, for re-energizing the peace process.
I think the United States of America and Europe -- Portugal being a European
country -- we have a lot to do together and I am very much looking forward
to this opportunity to discuss with you, and always with the spirit of friendship
that exists between the Portuguese and the American people, discuss all these
And we'll stand by you, because I think that what you have been doing is
really great achievement. We have won the war, now we all have to win the
peace. And I think that we are going to reach that goal.