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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 2, 2006

President Meets with Religious Leaders in New Delhi, India
Maurya Sheraton and Towers
New Delhi, India

President's Remarks

      President's Visit to India and Pakistan

4:23 P.M. Local

THE PRESIDENT: We have just had a -- a very important discussion about the role of religion, not only in India, but the role that religion can play in helping the world become a more peaceful place. I want to thank the leaders here around the table. Leaders from different faiths have joined us to share with -- their thoughts with me.

You know, one of the things that struck me during the conversation is, in India, is -- it's a country that recognizes the importance of religion and welcomes interfaith dialogue; understands the importance of faith, and understands the importance of people of faith, discussing thoughts and views that are -- that are deep in their hearts.

And we've had a -- just a -- you know, India is an amazing country. Just look around the table and you'll see different religions represented. But everybody around the table also was so proud to be in India. In other words, their nationalism was equally important then, as their religion.

We thank the --

MR. GOSWAMI: -- here to the world.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, that's right. That's right. Thank you. Anyway, I just appreciate you all coming. Thank you for your kind words, and like you, I hope for peace, and like you, I'm proud to be here in India. It's a fantastic country.

Thank you.

END 4:25 P.M. Local

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