Remarks by President Bush and President Kaczynski, of the Republic of Poland in Photo Opportunity

Jul 16, 2007, 01:00 ET from White House Press Office

    WASHINGTON, July 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a
 transcript of remarks by President Bush and President Kaczynski, of the
 Republic of Poland in a photo opportunity:
     Oval Office
     11:44 A.M. EDT
     PRESIDENT BUSH: Mr. President, welcome to the United States. Poland and
 the United States have a very unique and strong relationship. And the
 President and I have just had a very constructive dialogue. And, by the
 way, Mr. President, a lot of my fellow citizens who trace their heritage
 back to Poland who -- are delighted to welcome you to America.
     And along those lines, I fully understand a lot of Polish citizens
 would like to travel to the United States. And so my friend, the President,
 has once again brought up to me the visa waiver issue -- which I fully
 understand, Mr. President, and thank you for your candor. And I will
 continue to work with Congress to change a law that needs to be changed.
     Poland is a strong ally. And Poland has taken some very difficult
 decisions to help a young democracy survive in the face of extremist
 threats. And I want to thank you, Mr. President, and the Polish people for
 supporting the people of Afghanistan and Iraq.
     War is never popular. But having heard from the Iraqi leaders today,
 and their expression of gratitude not only to the Polish government, but
 the Polish people and the American people for supporting this democratic
 experiment, Mr. President, it reminds me of how important what we're doing
 is.
     America is, of course, pleased that the Polish economy is strong. We
 want our friends to prosper. Of course, the President, in all modesty,
 reminded me that's the purview of the Prime Minister. (Laughter.) Of
 course, I reminded the President he knows the Prime Minister quite well.
 (Laughter.)
     And, finally, we talked about how we can enhance mutual security
 issues. And there's no better symbol of our desire to work for peace and
 security than working on a missile defense system -- a missile defense
 system that would provide security for Europe from single or dual-launched
 regimes that may emanate from parts of the world where leaders don't
 particularly care for our way of life, and/or in the process of trying to
 develop serious weapons of mass destruction.
     And I thank you, Mr. President, for your vision and your understanding
 about the nature of the world in which we live. And I thank you for working
 on behalf of securing the security of others. And we continue to work and
 consult very closely with you. And so we welcome you. Thank you for coming.
     PRESIDENT KACZYNSKI: (As translated.) Ladies and gentlemen, Mr.
 President has already briefed you about the issues we were talking about
 during our meeting. And concerning visa waiver, we discussed the issue,
 however it is in the hands of the Congress. We do understand that the
 legislative process in the U.S. is very -- it is stable and it is really
 hard to change that binding law, that existing law. So we are looking
 forward to positive changes in this area.
     Another very important issue is the issue of missile defense. And I
 would like to emphasize that we discussed it in terms of defensive
 instruments, because it is aimed at defense of our democracies against the
 countries who might have, or already do have nuclear weapons and weapons of
 mass destruction. So it is really a defense instrument, missile defense
 instrument. And so I do hope that all this project, the whole project will
 be completed successfully.
     And we also discussed other forums which could foster and strengthen
 our mutual relations and also the NATO. And this issue of strengthening our
 cooperation will be discussed at the level of the Secretary of Defense of
 the United States of America, and also our Defense Minister -- and on the
 level of experts. And our conversation, our meeting is not over yet, and
 there are some issues that we --
     PRESIDENT BUSH: I've got to buy him some lunch. (Laughter.)
     Thank you, sir. Thank you all.
 
                    END         11:53  A.M. EDT
 
 

SOURCE White House Press Office
    WASHINGTON, July 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a
 transcript of remarks by President Bush and President Kaczynski, of the
 Republic of Poland in a photo opportunity:
     Oval Office
     11:44 A.M. EDT
     PRESIDENT BUSH: Mr. President, welcome to the United States. Poland and
 the United States have a very unique and strong relationship. And the
 President and I have just had a very constructive dialogue. And, by the
 way, Mr. President, a lot of my fellow citizens who trace their heritage
 back to Poland who -- are delighted to welcome you to America.
     And along those lines, I fully understand a lot of Polish citizens
 would like to travel to the United States. And so my friend, the President,
 has once again brought up to me the visa waiver issue -- which I fully
 understand, Mr. President, and thank you for your candor. And I will
 continue to work with Congress to change a law that needs to be changed.
     Poland is a strong ally. And Poland has taken some very difficult
 decisions to help a young democracy survive in the face of extremist
 threats. And I want to thank you, Mr. President, and the Polish people for
 supporting the people of Afghanistan and Iraq.
     War is never popular. But having heard from the Iraqi leaders today,
 and their expression of gratitude not only to the Polish government, but
 the Polish people and the American people for supporting this democratic
 experiment, Mr. President, it reminds me of how important what we're doing
 is.
     America is, of course, pleased that the Polish economy is strong. We
 want our friends to prosper. Of course, the President, in all modesty,
 reminded me that's the purview of the Prime Minister. (Laughter.) Of
 course, I reminded the President he knows the Prime Minister quite well.
 (Laughter.)
     And, finally, we talked about how we can enhance mutual security
 issues. And there's no better symbol of our desire to work for peace and
 security than working on a missile defense system -- a missile defense
 system that would provide security for Europe from single or dual-launched
 regimes that may emanate from parts of the world where leaders don't
 particularly care for our way of life, and/or in the process of trying to
 develop serious weapons of mass destruction.
     And I thank you, Mr. President, for your vision and your understanding
 about the nature of the world in which we live. And I thank you for working
 on behalf of securing the security of others. And we continue to work and
 consult very closely with you. And so we welcome you. Thank you for coming.
     PRESIDENT KACZYNSKI: (As translated.) Ladies and gentlemen, Mr.
 President has already briefed you about the issues we were talking about
 during our meeting. And concerning visa waiver, we discussed the issue,
 however it is in the hands of the Congress. We do understand that the
 legislative process in the U.S. is very -- it is stable and it is really
 hard to change that binding law, that existing law. So we are looking
 forward to positive changes in this area.
     Another very important issue is the issue of missile defense. And I
 would like to emphasize that we discussed it in terms of defensive
 instruments, because it is aimed at defense of our democracies against the
 countries who might have, or already do have nuclear weapons and weapons of
 mass destruction. So it is really a defense instrument, missile defense
 instrument. And so I do hope that all this project, the whole project will
 be completed successfully.
     And we also discussed other forums which could foster and strengthen
 our mutual relations and also the NATO. And this issue of strengthening our
 cooperation will be discussed at the level of the Secretary of Defense of
 the United States of America, and also our Defense Minister -- and on the
 level of experts. And our conversation, our meeting is not over yet, and
 there are some issues that we --
     PRESIDENT BUSH: I've got to buy him some lunch. (Laughter.)
     Thank you, sir. Thank you all.
 
                    END         11:53  A.M. EDT
 
 SOURCE White House Press Office