Week Ending Friday, November 30, 2007

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: November 26, 2007

Remarks at a Dinner Hosted by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for Annapolis Conference Participants,
November 26, 2007

Madam Secretary, thank you for your hospitality. I was wondering where my place is. [Laughter] I appreciate very much your hosting this important dinner.

Prime Minister Olmert, welcome. President Abbas, Secretary-General Ban, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, and all those who have gathered here in the cause of peace, welcome to the United States. We’re glad you’re here.

We’ve come together this week because we share a common goal: two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.

Achieving this goal requires difficult compromises, and the Israelis and Palestinians have elected leaders committed to making them. Achieving this goal requires neighbors committed to peace between Israel and a new Palestinian state, and I’m encouraged by the presence of so many here. Achieving this goal requires the commitment of the international community, including the United States. Tonight I restate my personal commitment on behalf of the United States to all those in the Middle East who wish to live in freedom and peace. We stand with you at the Annapolis conference and beyond.

The extremists and terrorists want our efforts to fail. They’re working actively to undermine every effort as we try to achieve peace and reconciliation. We offer a more hopeful vision—of a Middle East growing in freedom and dignity and prosperity. We are here to renew our efforts to achieve this vision. And tonight I offer a toast to all of our honored guests and to the future of peace that we can build together.

Note: The President spoke at 7:10 p.m. at the Department of State. In his remarks, he referredto Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel; President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) of the Palestinian Authority; Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations; and Quartet Representative in the Middle East Tony Blair.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Remarks at a Dinner Hosted by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for Annapolis Conference Participants, November 26, 2007," Week Ending Friday, November 30, 2007 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 30, 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), 43:1533-1534 Original Sources, accessed July 16, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=2DD4TR8TTWF1QJV.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Remarks at a Dinner Hosted by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for Annapolis Conference Participants, November 26, 2007." Week Ending Friday, November 30, 2007, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 30, 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), 43:1533-1534, Original Sources. 16 Jul. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=2DD4TR8TTWF1QJV.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Remarks at a Dinner Hosted by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for Annapolis Conference Participants, November 26, 2007' in Week Ending Friday, November 30, 2007. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 30, 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), 43:1533-1534. Original Sources, retrieved 16 July 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=2DD4TR8TTWF1QJV.