The White House, President George W. Bush Click to print this document

For Immediate Release
June 29, 2004

Global Message

From remarks by President Bush with British Prime Minister Blair, Istanbul, Turkey, 6/28/04

Fifteen months after the liberation of Iraq and two days ahead of schedule, the world witnessed the arrival of a free and sovereign Iraqi government.

Prime Minister Allawi believes that making this transition now is best for his country. After decades of brutal rule by a terror regime, the Iraqi people have their country back.

This is a day of great hope for Iraqis, and a day that terrorist enemies hoped never to see. The terrorists are doing all they can to stop the rise of a free Iraq, but their bombs and attacks have not prevented Iraqi sovereignty and they will not prevent Iraqi democracy.

Iraqi sovereignty is a tribute to the will of the Iraqi people and the courage of Iraqi leaders.

This day also marks a proud moral achievement for members of the coalition. We pledged to end a dangerous regime, to free the oppressed, and to restore sovereignty. We have kept our word.

Now the transfer of sovereignty begins a new phase in Iraq's progress toward full democracy. Together, with the Iraqi government, we

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