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11/7/04 - LEADERS PLEDGE COOPERATION - 2004-11-08

In the wake of the re-election of President George W. Bush, leaders of other major countries are pledging to continue to work with the United States.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair said the world "must be relentless in our war against terrorism and in resolving the conditions and causes on which the terrorists prey":

"A world that is fractured, divided, and uncertain must be brought together to fight this global terrorism in all its forms and to recognize that it will not be defeated by military might alone, but also by demonstrating the strength of our common values, by bringing freedom and democracy to Iraq as we have done to Afghanistan, by pursuing, with the same energy, peace in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine, by accepting it is our duty to combat poverty and injustice on the continent of Africa and elsewhere in the world."

French President Jacques Chirac told President Bush that the international coalition against terrorism is vital. "It is in the spirit of dialogue, mutual esteem, and respect," Mr. Chirac said, "that our cooperation, our common fight against terrorism and the actions we are leading together to promote liberty and democracy, must continue to develop."

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder told Mr. Bush, "The world finds itself. . .faced with great challenges, including international terrorism, the danger of the spread of weapons of mass destruction, regional crises, poverty, climate change, and epidemics which threaten our security and stability. These challenges can only be faced together."

Mr. Bush said he is grateful for such pledges of support:

"With good allies at our side, we will fight this war on terror with every resource of our national power so our children can live in freedom and in peace."

“There is no safety in looking away, seeking the quiet life by ignoring the struggles and oppression of others," said Mr. Bush. "Each of us alone can only do so much. Together, we can accomplish so much more.”