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Bush, Secretary-General Annan Discuss Sudan, U.N. Reform
President tells Annan of February 10 meeting with Rebecca Garang
President Bush and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan discussed Sudan, the Middle East and reform efforts at the United Nations in a White House meeting February 13.
Annan also called for the Palestinian group Hamas to transform itself “into a political party and work with the international community and the Israeli government.”
Hamas won a majority in the recent Palestinian elections. (See related article.)
Following is the transcript of remarks by Bush and Annan:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
February 13, 2006
REMARKS BY PRESIDENT BUSH AND U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL ANNAN
IN PRESS AVAILABILITY
The Oval Office
2:06 P.M. EST
PRESIDENT BUSH: Mr. Secretary General, thank you. As usual, we had a very constructive dialogue. I always enjoy visiting with the Secretary General. It gives us a chance to talk about our common interests and our desire for peace and liberty around the world.
We talked about the broader Middle East. And there's a lot to talk about. I am very optimistic, however, that democracy and liberty will prevail. And so I want to thank you for your interest and leadership on those particular issues.