Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2002

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: February 26, 2002

Statement Following a Meeting With Southern African Leaders,
February 26, 2002

Today I met with three Presidents who can help bring peace and prosperity to southern Africa. Presidents dos Santos of Angola, Chissano of Mozambique, and Mogae of Botswana and I discussed our common interests in working with each other and through the Southern African Development Community to bring greater peace, prosperity, and stability to the region.

I reiterated that expanding trade is the surest path to sustainable development. I commended the three Presidents’ leadership in developing a regional strategy to combat HIV/AIDS and promote economic integration. As part of that effort, I asked the Presidents to join my call for the World Bank to begin providing 50 percent of its assistance to the world’s poorest nations in the form of grants rather than loans.

The three Presidents also discussed the tragic wars in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We agreed that peace is within reach of both countries. I urged President dos Santos to move quickly toward achieving a cease-fire in Angola. And we agreed that all parties have an obligation to seize this moment to end the war and develop Angola’s vast wealth to the benefit of the Angolan people. President dos Santos has it within his power to end 26 years of fighting by reaching out to all Angolans willing to lay down their arms. Angolans deserve no less.

Finally, I commend the work of former President Masire, President Mbeki, and other SADC leaders—including Presidents dos Santos, Chissano, and Mogae—on the Inter-Congolese Dialogue in South Africa. I remain committed to working with the leaders of southern Africa to achieve lasting peace and stability in the region.

Note: The statement referred to former President Quett K.J. Masire of Botswana and President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Statement Following a Meeting With Southern African Leaders, February 26, 2002," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2002 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, March 1, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:300 Original Sources, accessed September 25, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KQE2FLFG6174SAM.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Statement Following a Meeting With Southern African Leaders, February 26, 2002." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2002, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, March 1, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:300, Original Sources. 25 Sep. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KQE2FLFG6174SAM.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Statement Following a Meeting With Southern African Leaders, February 26, 2002' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2002. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, March 1, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:300. Original Sources, retrieved 25 September 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KQE2FLFG6174SAM.