Remarks by President Bush and President Karzai of Afghanistan in Press Availability

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a transcript of remarks by President Bush and President Karzai of Afghanistan in press availability: Camp David 11:17 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT BUSH: Good morning...


And finally, I do want to congratulate you on the joint jirga that's coming up. This is a meeting between President Karzai , President Musharraf and representative elements from parts of their respective countries, all coming together to talk about reconciliation and how we can work together -- how you can work together to achieve common solutions to problems. And the main problem is to fight extremism, to recognize that history has called us into action. And by fighting extremists and radicals, we help people realize dreams. And helping people realize dreams helps promote peace. That's what we want.

You come from a part of the world, Mr. President , where there's a long history of violence and a long history of people seeking freedom. It's in the interests of the United States to be on the -- tip the scales of freedom your way. You only do so with strong leadership, and I appreciate the leadership you're providing. So welcome to Camp David.

PRESIDENT KARZAI: Thank you very much. Thank you very much, Mr. President , for seeing me in Camp David. You and the First Lady are generous and kind hosts and thank you very much for that.

Mr. President , I am here today to once again thank you and the American people for all that you have done for Afghanistan ; for our liberation first, and then for our stability and prosperity. We have gone a long way.

I have been here many times before in America, thanking the American people for what they have given to Afghanistan . I have spoken of roads, I have spoken of schools, I have spoken of clinics, I have spoken of health services, I have spoken of education, I have spoken of agriculture, I've spoken of lots of achievements. I've also had requests for help that you have delivered to us.

But today I'm going to speak about only one achievement that means so much for the Afghan people, and surely to you and the rest of the world. That is that Afghanistan today, with the help that you have provided and our other allies have provided can save, is saving the life of at least 50,000 infants after they are born, and the life of 85,000 children under five.

Mr. President , when you and I begin to think of the mothers who can have their babies safe today, then we know the value and the importance of this achievement. And thank you very, very much for this tremendous help. Afghanistan would have not had 85,000 children living today had you not been there to help us with the rest of the world.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you, sir.

PRESIDENT KARZAI: That's a massive achievement, and I am happy about it. I'm sure you are, too, and so are women and mothers around the world.

Mr. President , as we have gone a long way, progress has been made. We still continue to fight terrorism; our enemy is still there -- defeated, but still hiding in the mountains. And our duty is to complete the job, to get them out of their hideouts in the mountains and to bring justice to the people of Afghanistan , to the people of America, and to the people around the world who are threatened by these terrorists.

One of the significant steps that we have taken together with Pakistan to have an effective fight against terrorism, an effective fight against extremism and radicalism, was discussed during the dinner that you kindly hosted for me and President Musharraf . And the result of that is going to be seen in two days from today, the 9th of August, where in Kabul we will have the joint Pakistan-Afghanistan jirga. I hope very much that this jirga will bring to us what we need, which I think it will. And thank you very much for this opportunity -- you cause us to have a meeting and to have a result of that.

Mr. President , we have a long journey ahead of us. But what we have

traveled so far has given us greater hope for a better future, for a better life. The Afghans are still suffering, but there are millions of Afghans who are enjoying a better and more secure life, who can send their children to school and who can work in their fields. And thank you very much for that.