Week Ending Friday, May 13, 2005

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: May 10, 2005

Remarks With President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia in a Discussion With Civil Society Leaders in Tbilisi,
May 10, 2005

President Bush. Thank you for having me. I’m anxious to hear from you. There is—one of the great things about—and one of the most important things about democracy is to honor minority rights, is to recognize the rights of minorities. In my own country, we have struggled with this issue throughout our history, and yet, we’re constantly reminding ourselves of the need to respect minorities.

And I want to thank you for giving me the chance to come and visit with you. You’ve got a great country. It’s a hopeful example, and to the extent that—as you move forward, I know you will honor your country but, at the same time, the heritage of those who live in the country.

So thank you for giving me a chance to come by and visit with you. I look forward to hearing from you. I’m honored to be here. It’s an exciting moment for me and my wife, Laura, to be in this—in this beautiful country. Thank you.

President Saakashvili. Well, I’ll just say maybe one or two words. You know, we are—I’ve always been impressed and excited to see how people of all different ethnic origins, Hispanics and Russians and all the others, speaking to American system of democracy and rule of law and how all of them are proud to be Americans by also preserving their identity.

And we strongly believe that Georgia is not weak because it’s diverse. On the contrary, our diversities are our strength. So this is our firm belief. You see all different people here, Mr. President. In fact, you saw yesterday comprised elements of all different ethnic groups. You went to the area where all the different ethnic groups have lived for generations and for thousands of years.

And again, thank you very much for coming. And thank you for sharing this conversation with all of us.

President Bush. Okay, thanks.

Note: The President spoke at 10:50 a.m. at the Parliament Building. A tape was not available for verification of the content of these remarks.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Remarks With President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia in a Discussion With Civil Society Leaders in Tbilisi, May 10, 2005," Week Ending Friday, May 13, 2005 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, May 13, 2005 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2005), 41:786-787 Original Sources, accessed September 21, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=NLHUTGCVCAH7TY8.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Remarks With President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia in a Discussion With Civil Society Leaders in Tbilisi, May 10, 2005." Week Ending Friday, May 13, 2005, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, May 13, 2005 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2005), 41:786-787, Original Sources. 21 Sep. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=NLHUTGCVCAH7TY8.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Remarks With President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia in a Discussion With Civil Society Leaders in Tbilisi, May 10, 2005' in Week Ending Friday, May 13, 2005. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, May 13, 2005 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2005), 41:786-787. Original Sources, retrieved 21 September 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=NLHUTGCVCAH7TY8.