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11/14/04 - STAYING THE COURSE AGAINST TERROR - 2004-11-10


Following President George W. Bush's reelection, leaders from around the world reaffirmed their commitment to the fight against terrorism. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told Mr. Bush, "The global war against terrorism and efforts to combat weapons of mass destruction proliferation will benefit enormously from your steadfast resolve and leadership. We will stand by the U.S. in strengthening international peace and stability." Said Afghan President Hamid Karzai, "Afghanistan and the U.S. have been successful partners in defeating terrorism. I look forward to further building on this partnership to eliminate terrorism from Afghanistan and the region."

"President Bush has been working to secure peace and stability in the midst of the uncertain state of the world in the wake of the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks," said Japanese Prime Minster Junichiro Koizuma. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Mr. Bush's reelection sent "a signal to the rest of the world that it must redouble its efforts to unite to combat the threat that terrorism represents." And Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdullah pledged to continue joint efforts to "fight terrorism and realize security and peace" in Iraq.

Iraq is on the minds of many. 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." Mr. Blair says this includes bringing freedom and stability to Iraq:

"The more that we look at our world today, the more we can see how many of the problems come out of the instability and problems of the Middle East. And to have Iraq turned from a repressive, failing state after Saddam Hussein to a democracy would have a huge impact on the whole of the Middle East."

The outcome of the U.S. presidential election, said Australian Prime Minister John Howard, sends "a very clear signal around the world that the coalition of more than thirty nations in Iraq is determined to stay the distance, is determined to give the people of Iraq the opportunity of reaching out for a democratic future."

President Bush says the world will persevere against terrorism. "Whatever our past disagreements," said Mr. Bush, "we share a common enemy. Every civilized country has a stake in the outcome of this war."

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