For Immediate Release
June 29, 2004
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