at Award Presentation
November 23, 2002
3:47 P.M. Local Time
Mr. President, thank you so much for this honor. I accept the Star of Romania
on behalf of my country, and I appreciate the spirit of friendship that this
I want to thank the Prime Minister and members of your government for such fine
hospitality. Laura and I are honored to be here, and so is my Cabinet, members
of my Cabinet, as well as senior members of my staff. We're here because America
and the nations of the world have seen the courage and character of the Romanian
people. You have liberated yourselves from tyranny. You're building a vibrant
democracy. And you're preparing to join NATO. In all these events of history,
America has been your friend, and we'll be proud to call you ally.
Mr. President, Romania and America share common values and common challenges.
We will join together to open markets, to build a new relationship with Russia,
to confront global terrorism, and to stop the proliferation of weapons of mass
destruction. Europe and America face unprecedented dangers to our security,
and we will face these dangers together.
The Romanian people have made a great effort to meet the standards of NATO membership.
That effort is succeeding. America respects all that you have done and all that
you will do in the cause of freedom. And America will be your partner in continuing
the work of reform.
On behalf of the American people, I proudly affirm the close relationship between
our countries, and I thank you for the honor of this award. May God bless Romania.