Week Ending Friday, March 16, 2007

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: March 15, 2007

Remarks Following a Meeting With Vice President Adil Abd Al-Mahdi of Iraq,
March 15, 2007

The President. It is such an honor to welcome the Vice President of a free Iraq to the Oval Office.

Mr. Vice President, I appreciate your courage. I don’t know if the citizens of my country know, but the other day, a killer tried to take your life. And fortunately, you sit here, and you speak with enthusiasm and optimism about the future of your country.

One of the reasons why—the main reason why I’ve reinforced our troops in Iraq is to give leaders such as yourself the opportunity to do the hard work of reconciliation. I appreciate very much the progress that you’re making. I know it’s hard work. It’s hard work to overcome distrust that has built up over the years because your country was ruled by a tyrant that created distrust amongst people.

But you, Mr. Vice President, are showing strong vision and a vision of peace and reconciliation. And I welcome you to the Oval Office. I thank you for your courage, and I thank you for the conversation we’ve had.

Vice President Abd Al-Mahdi. Thank you. Thank you, President. Thank you for receiving me, and the present occasion to thank you personally and to thank the American people for all the support you’ve given to Iraq, the sacrifices. Also, I visited yesterday some soldiers in the hospital, and I saw their high spirit. They had, really, better morality than I had, talking about their mission.

We are working hard together. Our security plan is marking some points. We are not finished, but we are doing better than expected in this plan. This will not solve the whole problem; the reconciliation process will take our political agenda forward. We are working on many issues: the hydrocarbon bill, which we approved in the Cabinet; we are working on a de-Baathification bill, and it will be presented later. We are working on so many things.

So, really, I want to take this occasion to thank all Americans—the United States, you, Mr. President, the Congress, the administration—for all the sacrifices, effort, assistance given to help my country. Thank you.

The President. Thank you, sir. Thank you.

Note: The President spoke at 10:55 a.m. in the Oval Office at the White House.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Remarks Following a Meeting With Vice President Adil ABD Al-Mahdi of Iraq, March 15, 2007," Week Ending Friday, March 16, 2007 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, March 16, 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), 43:338 Original Sources, accessed July 21, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=P77VJ9PL5K64JEG.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Remarks Following a Meeting With Vice President Adil ABD Al-Mahdi of Iraq, March 15, 2007." Week Ending Friday, March 16, 2007, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, March 16, 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), 43:338, Original Sources. 21 Jul. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=P77VJ9PL5K64JEG.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Remarks Following a Meeting With Vice President Adil ABD Al-Mahdi of Iraq, March 15, 2007' in Week Ending Friday, March 16, 2007. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, March 16, 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), 43:338. Original Sources, retrieved 21 July 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=P77VJ9PL5K64JEG.