Op with Spanish President Jose Maria Aznar
The Oval Office
The White House
December 18, 2002
11:22 A.M. EST
PRESIDENT BUSH: Welcome. I'll make a statement, the President will make a statement.
That will be all we'll be doing today.
It is my great honor to welcome my good personal friend and a friend of the
United States, Jose Maria Aznar to the Casa Blanca. He is one of the world's
strongest leaders when it comes to our mutual concerns about keeping the peace
and fighting terror. He understands the first -- he understands firsthand the
consequences of terror activity. And today, Mr. President, we join you in the
mourning of loss of life for a policeman in your country who was killed.
I also want to take a moment to express our deepest sympathy for the people
of Galicia. We understand the concern and the heartfelt worry about the effects
of the oil spill. President Aznar said, nunca mas. And I believe him. And I
want to thank him for his leadership. And I'm glad he's back here.
PRESIDENT AZNAR: I begin by thanking President Bush very warmly for his very
kind invitation once again.
I'd also like to thank President Bush for his solidarity and particularly for
the cooperation shown Spain by all levels of the U.S. administration in the
light of the environmental disaster caused by the sunken oil tanker off the
coast of Spain.
And can I say that in all the meetings I've had with representatives of your
administration we have received offers of unconditional support in helping cope
with that disaster, and that support is ongoing and will continue. And I'd like
to thank President Bush for the personal impetus that he has given in that cooperation.
Spain and the United States are working together within a framework of very
solid and close cooperation and confidence. And I am determined that this will
continue to be the case in the future in the fight against terrorism, in the
fight against weapons of mass destruction, and in this overriding objective
of defending a world of freedom, justice and stability.
PRESIDENT BUSH: Vamos a verles.
QUESTION: Why shouldn't Senator Lott resign, sir?
PRESIDENT BUSH: Vamos a verles en la fiesta en la noche.
QUESTION: No comprende.
PRESIDENT BUSH: I said, I'll see you at the party tonight.