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[[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-vii] Pages 2909 2937 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Appointments and Nominations; Meetings With Foreign Leaders; Resignations and Retirements California, remarks at Camp Pendleton--2918 Hanukkah menorah, lighting--2931 Radio address--2911 Social Security trustees, meeting--2930 Virginia, Fort Belvoir--2933 Appointments and Nominations Energy Department, Secretary, remarks--2932 Veterans Affairs Department, Secretary, remarks--2929 Bill Signings Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005, statement--2924 Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections Act of 2004, statement--2912 Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2004, statement--2933 Communications to Congress African Union security force and construction of a mail irradiation facility in Washington, DC, letter concurring on the designation of funds--2927 District of Columbia, letter providing notification of proposed reimbursement for costs of public safety expenses--2918 ``Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004,'' letter on proposed--2916 1995 Revision of the Radio Regulations, with appendices, message transmitting--2923 Communications to Federal Agencies Assignment of Functions Implementing the HELP Commission Act, memorandum--2927 Delegation of Certain Reporting Authority (Department of Agriculture), memorandum--2928 Delegation of Certain Reporting Authority (Federal Labor Relations Authority), memorandum--2928 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) [[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Communications to Federal Agencies--Continued Delegation of Certain Reporting Authority (National Endowment for the Arts), memorandum--2928 Delegation of Certain Reporting Authority (National Endowment for the Humanities), memorandum--2929 Waiver of Restrictions on Assistance to Russia Under the Cooperative Threat Reduction Act of 1993 and Title V of the FREEDOM Support Act, memorandum--2918 Waiver of Restrictions on Providing Funds to the Palestinian Authority, memorandum--2927 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters in the Oval Office--2909, 2913, 2930 Letters and Messages Hanukkah 2004, message--2922 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Iraq, President al-Yawr--2913 Jordan, King Abdullah II--2915 Pakistan, President Musharraf--2909 Proclamations National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day--2916 Resignations and Retirements Energy Department, Secretary, remarks--2932 Veterans Affairs Department, Secretary Remarks--2929 Statement--2924 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings; Resignations and Retirements Senate passage of the ``Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004''--2923 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--2936 Checklist of White House press releases--2936 Digest of other White House announcements--2934 Nominations submitted to the Senate--2935 [[Page v]] ? <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> [[Page 2909]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2909-2911] Pages 2909 2937 Week Ending Friday, December 10, 2004 Remarks Following Discussions With President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan and an Exchange With Reporters December 4, 2004 President Bush. It's my honor to welcome a friend, a leader, President Musharraf of Pakistan. He is a person with whom I've worked very closely over the past 4 years, a person with whom I look forward to working closely over the next 4 years. And we had a really good discussion. We discussed international politics. I assured President Musharraf that there is an opportunity at hand to work toward the development of a Palestinian state and peace in the Middle East. I told him that this will be a priority of my administration. The goal is two states living side by side in peace and security. We spent time talking about our bilateral relations. We reviewed the relationship between India and Pakistan. He has showed great courage in that relationship, leading toward what we hope will be a peaceful solution of what has been a historically difficult problem. We talked about our own bilateral relations. The President and I are absolutely committed to fighting off the terrorists who would destroy life in Pakistan or the United States or anywhere else. And I appreciate very much your clear vision of the need for people of good will and hope to prevail over those who are willing to inflict death in order to achieve an ideology that is--the predominance of an ideology that is just backward and dark in its view. I--we talked about commerce between our countries. The President is very concerned about whether or not Pakistan goods are being treated equally, as fairly as other goods coming into the United States. I listened very carefully to what he had to say. He had some constructive ideas as to how to deal with that situation. Having brought up his economy, however, I reminded him that he's doing quite a good job of making sure that the economy grows in Pakistan so that people have got a chance to realize their dreams. And I congratulate you on the good stewardship of the Pakistan economy. All in all, our relationships are good; they're strong; and they will remain that way. And I'm honored you're here. President Musharraf. Thank you. Thank you very much, Mr. President. I don't have much to add to what the President has already said. We had a very wholesome interaction. And all that I would like to say, that I've come here basically to congratulate the President very sincerely, with all my sincerity, for having won the elections. And he does me an honor by receiving me on a Saturday. [Laughter] And therefore, the other issues that we discussed were incidental and all the important issues--the most important issue, a resolution of the Palestinian dispute, in the interest of peace in the whole world, and I would repeat whatever the President has already said: Enhancement of our bilateral relations, enhancement of our commercial ties with the United States. I'm grateful for the extreme understanding that the President has shown towards the concerns of Pakistan. Thank you. President Bush. Welcome. Welcome. We'll answer a question from the American side, and the Pakistani side, and the American side, and Pakistani side. And that will be it, in the spirit of Saturday morning meetings. And so the first person that will be asking the question will be Mr. Mark Knoller [CBS Radio]. [[Page 2910]] Homeland Security Q. Thank you. Mr. President, what do you make of the warning sounded yesterday by Tommy Thompson that the American food supply may be at risk to terrorist attack? President Bush. Tommy was commenting on the fact that we're a large company--country, with all kinds of avenues where somebody can inflict harm. And we're doing everything we can to protect the American people. I picked a good man to head the Homeland Security Department in Bernie Kerik. I hope the Senate confirms him quickly so he can get to work. There's a lot of work to be done. We've made a lot of progress in protecting our country, and there's more work to be done. And this administration is committed to doing it. Q. Mr. President---- President Bush. Do you want to call on somebody? President Musharraf. I know that--I know that you're trying your best to address the issue of terrorism all over the world, and obviously, the most important part is to protect your own, the United States, from terrorism. President Bush. Actually, I wasn't asking you necessarily to answer the question; I was asking you to call on somebody from the Pakistani press, I'm sorry. [Laughter] You don't have to answer every question they ask me. I would advise you not answering those questions. [Laughter] Pakistan-U.S. Relations Q. Mr. President, the public perception in Pakistan is that Pakistan is doing much more, deeper cooperation, and doing more favors to the United States than Pakistan is getting anything in return. What is your comment, and what is the room for Pak-U.S. relations during your next term? President Bush. Well, first of all, I don't view relations as, one, that there's a scorecard that says, ``You know, well, if we all fight terror together, therefore, somebody owes somebody something.'' This is
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