For Immediate Release
October 23, 2003
The United States has good relations with countries like Japan, South Korea and China. This promotes our mutual security and helps our economy.
The President's trip reinforces the fact that good relations help us when a common problem arises.
There is a clear understanding at APEC that the world needs to fight terror.
APEC gave the United States an opportunity to reiterate the need for a concerted effort against terrorists who want to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state.
President Bush met with religious leaders, including three Muslims, a Christian and a Hindu. The President conveyed a strong message of tolerance.
Americans understand that terrorists are hiding behind Islam to create fear, chaos and death.
Comments on religion by an American general weren't the views of the President or those of the American government.
We recognize that Islam is a peaceful religion which teaches respect and tolerance.