WASHINGTON, June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a brief press availability this afternoon with President Dmitry Medvedev of the Russian Federation prior to their meeting in the Capitol. Below are the Speaker's remarks:
"Good afternoon. It is an honor and privilege, indeed, to welcome the President of the Russian Federation to the United States Capitol.
"The partnership between the United States and Russia is founded on our shared belief in a future of security and prosperity for both of our nations, and our common commitment to stand together for peace and security around the world.
"I thank the President for his leadership to secure and reduce nuclear stockpiles, to pursue a new START treaty, to impose sanctions on Iran and North Korea.
"We look forward to an ongoing discussion on these and a wide-range of other issues — strengthening counterterrorism efforts, reaching a global agreement on energy and climate change, boosting trade and investment, helping to keep our global economic recovery moving forward and in the right direction.
"Thank you, President Medvedev, for your friendship and for meeting with leaders of both parties today. Thank you for starting your trip in America and in San Francisco — the San Francisco Bay Area — meeting with local businesses and academic community leaders. We're very proud of Silicon Valley there. There are many Silicon Valleys throughout America that add to our innovation, our spirit of innovation, and help us to be prosperous and also to protect our environment.
"We hope to have a fruitful discussion with bipartisan leadership of the House of Representatives. And I'm pleased now to invite the President to say a few words.
"Again, it's a great honor to welcome you, Mr. President."
SOURCE Office of the Speaker of the House