|The White House
President George W. Bush
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For Immediate Release
April 14, 2004
From a joint statement by President Bush and Egyptian President Mubarak, 4/12/04
The United States and Egypt are committed to promoting peace in the Middle East, maintaining regional stability, fighting terrorism, and bolstering the region's efforts toward economic, political and social development.
The United States and Egypt have nurtured a vision of peace that is anchored by the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty.
The United States and Egypt envisage two states, Israel and Palestine, living side-by-side in peace and security.
The United States and Egypt believe that an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and parts of the West Bank can, under the right conditions and if within the context of the implementation of the Roadmap and President Bush's vision, be a significant step forward.
The United States and Egypt believe that resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict will be a major contribution to stability and progress in the region, and removing a major source of tension.
The United States and Egypt intend to maintain close cooperation in the fight against terrorism. Our nations are among those who have suffered the most from the scourge and have no intention to relent in this fight.
The United States appreciates Egypt's invaluable help and its readiness to continue its contributions toward combating and eliminating terrorism.