Friday, February 04, 2005

Condoleezza Rice Tony Blair Jack Straw Gerhard Schroeder

Remarks With British Prime Minister Tony Blair Before Meeting

Secretary Condoleezza Rice

PRIME MINISTER BLAIR: Could I just say a very warm word of welcome to Secretary Rice, Condi, who is a good friend of ours here. And we are delighted to see her in her new role and congratulate her warmly. It is an absolutely excellent appointment and we all look forward to working with you in the months and years to come. Obviously her visit here comes in advance of a visit to Europe, and the President's visit later this month. We will be discussing Iraq, no doubt, and the Middle East and various other issues. And I am sure it will be an excellent and constructive meeting, as ever, and you guys are going to get a chance…the grilling comes later with Jack, I think…but anyway it is a real pleasure and honor for us to welcome her here.

SECRETARY RICE: Thank you. Thank you very much, Prime Minister, for welcoming me and for having me here on my first stop on what is going to be an extended tour of Europe, and I am also going to the Middle East. And I look forward to conversations here to set up the President's visit. We have a lot of work to do and I want to thank you for your leadership and the friendship of Great Britain and the British people, as we try and spread freedom and democracy through the world, as we work to support the Iraqi people in their quest, and most especially, as you and the President have committed, as we try and bring to the Israelis and the Palestinians the chance for permanent peace.

2005/117 Pillared Room, #10 Downing Street London, United Kingdom February 4, 2005


  • Remarks With British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw After Meeting - FOREIGN SECRETARY STRAW: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It has been a very great pleasure to welcome to London Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on her first official visit as the United States Secretary of State. And Condoleezza Rice has had a very good discussion this morning with the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and we too have had a very good bilateral discussion. And both the Prime Minister and I opened by congratulating Secretary Rice on her appointment and her endorsement by the Senate
  • Remarks With German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder After Meeting - CHANCELLOR SCHROEDER: (In German) (inaudible) We have now spent one hour very intensely conversing with one another and as you might imagine, international topics were the dominant ones on our agenda. We have, as you might imagine, addressed the situation in Iraq. We have discussed this topic at length and we very strongly agree that what the country now needs is a perspective towards the course of democracy and stability for its future. And we are very much agreed on this purpose and on this being the important point, irrespective of what one thought about the military intervention in Iraq in the first place. I have very much said that Germany is strongly ready within what I have already outlined in previous statements to help Iraq to get towards this stable and hopefully democratic development

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