Bush said he and first lady Laura Bush visited the Egyptian
Embassy in Washington July 25 to express their "heart-felt"
sympathies for the people who lost their lives in the terrorist
attacks in Egypt as well as the United States’ determination
to stand with the government and people of Egypt in rejecting
this kind of violence and terror.
Terrorist bombings in the Egyptian Red Sea
Resort of Sharm el Sheikh on July 23 are reported to have
killed at least 88 people.
Following is the transcript of the remarks
of Bush and of Egyptian Ambassador to Washington Nabil Fahmy
on the occasion of Bush's visit to the embassy:
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AND EGYPTIAN AMBASSADOR NABIL FAHMY UPON SIGNING CONDOLENCE BOOK
11:52 A.M. EDT
PRESIDENT BUSH: Mr. Ambassador, thank you
very much for having us. Laura and I have come to your embassy
to express our heart-felt sympathies for those who have
lost their lives, and our strong determination to stand
with the government of Egypt and the people of Egypt in
rejecting this kind of violence and terror.
The people who struck in Sharm el-Sheikh
killed Muslims, innocent mothers and dads, people who were
trying to make a living. They have no heart, they have no
conscience, and they have no ideology that is hopeful. And
they have an ideology of hate.
It was my honor to speak to your President,
President Mubarak, and again reiterate my country's strong
desire to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of
Egypt and bring justice to those who killed innocent people.
Thank you for letting us come by.
AMBASSADOR FAHMY: Thank you, Mr. President.
Thank you, Mrs. Bush. I want to thank you both very much
and very sincerely for coming here this morning to share
with us in this moment of remembrance to the people who
have lost their lives -- Egyptians, foreigners -- at Sharm
el-Sheikh over the weekend. I think your presence here,
your phone call to the President over the weekend, and also
the many Americans who have been in touch with our embassy,
and in Cairo, reflect the nature of the relationship that
we have together, as two countries working hand-in-hand
for peace and stability in the region, working against terrorism.
As you are well aware, we were the targets
of terrorism years ago, as you were on 9/11. And we continue
to work together, resolute, to deal with this scourge, and
ultimately, hopefully to develop in the Middle East an Egypt
that is prosperous, stable and secure for all.
I'd like to see this occasion to thank you
both, and through you, all of the American people, and to
reaffirm our determination to continue to pursue terrorism
without equivocation and determination and resolve. Thank
END 11:55 A.M. EDT