with Israeli Helicopter Gunship Attacks
Photo Opportunity with Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
The Oval Office
The White House
June 10, 2003
3:20 P.M. EDT
PRESIDENT BUSH: It's my honor to welcome President Museveni back to the White
House. Mr. President, you have shown extraordinary leadership on a lot of
issues, but the one issue that's really captured the imagination and the hearts
of the American people is your extraordinary leadership on HIV/AIDS in your
country. You've shown the world what is possible, and I want to congratulate
you for that leadership.
I also want to thank you for your steadfast support on the war against terror.
And I'm glad you're here.
Before we begin our discussions I do want to say something on the Middle
East. I am troubled by the recent Israeli helicopter gunship attacks. I regret
the loss of innocent life. I'm concerned that the attacks will make it more
difficult for the Palestinian leadership to fight off terrorist attacks.
I also don't believe the attacks help the Israeli security. I've been in
touch with all parties in the region. I am determined to keep the process
on the road to peace. And I believe with responsible leadership by all parties,
we can bring peace to the region. And I emphasize, all parties must behave
responsibly to achieve that objective.
So, Mr. President, I'm glad you're here. Welcome. I'd like for you to make
a few comments, please, sir.
PRESIDENT MUSEVENI: Thank you, sir. I'm very glad that I'm here. First of
all, I congratulate President Bush for his leadership in fighting terrorism.
Terrorism is a very irresponsible way for expressing one's dissatisfaction.
It uses indiscriminate violence. It doesn't discriminate between combatants
and non-combatants. That's why we oppose terrorism.
We fought with guns for the freedom of our countries. I fought for many
years, but I've never used terrorist means. Freedom fighting is not the same
thing as terrorism. If you must use violence, you should assure that violence
is directed at the combatant, not at the non-combatant.
Secondly, I salute President Bush for his decision a few years ago to open
American markets to African value-added products. You hear so much of poverty
in Africa, but, in fact, Africa is a very rich continent. The only problem
is that we must simply move the value to the outside. We export only raw
materials, we don't export value-added products. So I'm very glad that President
Bush opened the American market for our goods.
I'm also glad that he set up the Millennium Challenge Account. That money
should be used to aid trade. I don't believe in aid as an end in itself.
I believe in trade. Trade is one that can lead to mutual benefits for all
countries in the world. Therefore, aid should be ahead of trade, should aid
in order to trade.
And, finally, I thank him for the money set up for the AIDS fund, the $15
billion. So I really am glad I'm here. We shall discuss more in our private
PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you for coming.