Week Ending Friday, October 27, 2006

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: October 25, 2006

Remarks Following Discussions With President Leonel Fernandez Reyna of the Dominican Republic,
October 25, 2006

President Bush. Bienvenidos a mi amigo, the President of the Dominican Republic. I’m proud to be with a strong leader who is focused on reform and rule of law and prosperity.

The President informed me that the economy of the Dominican Republic grew by 9 percent last year. And I want to congratulate you, Mr. President.

We talked about how to continue economic growth and vitality. It’s in the interests of the United States that the Dominican Republic have a strong economy. We talked about the need for us to help with the multilateral institutions, to work with—for them to work with this Government to help with cash flows and cash demands so that this economy can continue its growth and strength.

We talked about DR-CAFTA and how important this piece of legislation is to the people of the Dominican Republic and to the people of the United States. And I assured the President that we will implement DR-CAFTA as quickly as possible, as soon as possible. And to that end, I had my trade minister, Ambassador Susan Schwab, here to make sure that we both heard the message of the President, that this was a very important piece of legislation and that we have committed—our Government has committed to working with you, Mr. President, to get this done as quickly as possible.

Y por fin, we talked about the need for us to work closely on drug trafficking. The United States of America must continue to work to diminish the demand for drugs, and we are. As well, we want to work with our partners in the hemisphere, particularly the Dominican Republic, to interdict the drugs and to help these countries be able to avoid and fight off the scourge of drugs, because there is a direct correlation between drugs and crime. And the more we can cut down on drug use and drug trafficking and drug supplies, the easier it will be for respective countries to protect their people.

Mr. President, I appreciate very much your presence here. I thank you for your leadership in the hemisphere. I appreciate the advice you have given me on how we can work together to make sure our own neighborhood is secure and peaceful and hopeful. Welcome.

President Fernandez Reyna. I thank you very much, Mr. President. It’s a pleasure to be here. And I want to thank President Bush for the warm welcome that he has given me, along with my delegation, here to the Oval Office of the White House.

As the President indicated, we have touched on a number of issues of mutual interest to our two countries. First of all, DR-CAFTA; its implementation, hopefully, will take place very soon. We are now in the final phase. This is a bill now before our own Congress in the Dominican Republic. We are dealing with some minor legal amendments, and our two teams have been working very hard to obtain a speedy implementation of DR-CAFTA. President Bush and we have agreed to the need to accelerate this process to benefit both our countries.

Second, as President Bush indicated, we have also touched on the issues of disbursements by multilateral institutions. These are extremely important in order to help the progress of countries like the Dominican Republic to establish confidence, to maintain the confidence in our countries, and also to help us sustain ability of our economies.

The Dominican Republic has agreements with these multilateral institutions, and we hope that they will be honored soon, with regard to these disbursements. The sooner that they are complied with the better it will be for us.

And third, of course, we have touched on a number of issues such as the issue of drug trafficking, as President Bush mentioned, the issue of crime, the issue of the good relations that we have had for so many years between the United States and the Dominican Republic, the issue of good governance, the issue of respect for human rights, and a number of other things.

It has been a very good meeting. Thank you so much.

President Bush. Gracias por su tiempo.

Note: The President spoke at 2:20 p.m. in the Oval Office at the White House. President Fernandez Reyna spoke in Spanish, and his remarks were translated by an interpreter. The Office of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of these remarks.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Remarks Following Discussions With President Leonel Fernandez Reyna of the Dominican Republic, October 25, 2006," Week Ending Friday, October 27, 2006 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 27, 2006 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006), 42:1890-1891 Original Sources, accessed July 17, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=NN2FDMEUMFFKWCX.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Remarks Following Discussions With President Leonel Fernandez Reyna of the Dominican Republic, October 25, 2006." Week Ending Friday, October 27, 2006, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 27, 2006 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006), 42:1890-1891, Original Sources. 17 Jul. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=NN2FDMEUMFFKWCX.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Remarks Following Discussions With President Leonel Fernandez Reyna of the Dominican Republic, October 25, 2006' in Week Ending Friday, October 27, 2006. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 27, 2006 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006), 42:1890-1891. Original Sources, retrieved 17 July 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=NN2FDMEUMFFKWCX.