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 Home > News & Policies > June 2003

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 5, 2003

Remarks by the President in Meeting with Amir of Qatar
Amiri Diwan
Doha, Qatar

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8:59 A.M. (L)

THE AMIR: I would like to welcome His Excellency the President in Qatar. We are delighted to have him here with us in Qatar. The President is the first sitting U.S. President ever to visit Qatar. However, his father, President Bush, was actually here in Qatar in 1960, but perhaps the President does not remember -- he was young then. (Laughter.)

So we are delighted to continue our dialogue with the President and continue the issues that we have discussed recently in Washington during my visit regarding the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

THE PRESIDENT: Your Highness, thank you so much for your grand hospitality. You have been a steadfast friend of the United States and for that we are very grateful. You and your wife have been a leader in education reform and reforms leading to freedom, and for that we are very grateful as well and are impressed by your leadership. And it is my honor to be the first sitting United States President to have visited this important country and I want to thank you for your hospitality.

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