with President Hamad Karzai of the Islamic Government of Afghanistan
United States Mission
New York, New York
September 12, 2002
12:13 P.M. EDT
PRESIDENT BUSH: Mr. President, it's great to see you again. Thank you for your
leadership. We also appreciate your understanding that jobs are important for
your country. And today I had the honor of informing President Karzai that the
United States, along with Saudi Arabia and Japan, will be providing $180 million
for road improvement projects in Afghanistan. We'll help develop a modern infrastructure
so that the Afghan entrepreneur will be able to move product from one city to
the next, and so that people will be able to find work, they'll be able to put
food on the table.
Our commitment to a stable and free and peaceful Afghanistan is a long-term
commitment, Mr. President, and we're confident in your leadership. And I want
to thank you again. It's good to see you again.
PRESIDENT KARZAI: Good to see you.
Well, Mr. President, I'm very happy to be meeting with you again, after the
meeting in January. We are, as before, very, very grateful for the help the
United States of America gave to Afghanistan to liberate itself from the scourge
from the occupation of terrorism that murdered and killed and destroyed our
country for so many years; that brought about the disaster in New York and your
own country. The Afghan people continue to share that pain with you. And I came
here earlier than the General Assembly to participate, to mourn that date. And
we've had a commemoration of that in Kabul, as well, yesterday.
The Afghan people know the help that you have given to us, and the Afghan people
will know the announcement that you've just made. They'll be very happy. Mr.
President, I assure you that you will find the Afghan people as your very best
partners in the fight against terrorism, and as your very best partners wherever
you bring justice in this part of the world, we'll be with you. The Afghan people,
as you rightly say, would like to have some bread on their table, and they would
also like to, in some time, to make that bread themselves. To earn it themselves.
So the help that you are giving us to have our highways, to have other infrastructure
correct in the country is a step in the right direction towards self-reliance
in Afghanistan. And I must thank you very much once again.