Bush: U.K., U.S. ‘Hold Fundamental Values in Common’

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WASHINGTON, May 7, 2007 – The United Kingdom and the United States “accept the burdens of global leadership” and are defending liberty “against tyranny and terror,” President Bush said today as he welcomed Queen Elizabeth II to the White House.

“Our two nations hold fundamental values in common,” Bush said. “We honor our traditions and our shared history. We recognize that the strongest societies respect the rights and dignity of the individual. We understand and accept the burdens of global leadership. And we have built our special relationship on the surest foundations – our deep and abiding love of liberty.”

The president thanked the queen for her “leadership during these times of danger and decision.” The U.K. planted the seed of democracy in the U.S., and today, the two nations are together fighting against terror, Bush said.

“Today our two nations are defending liberty against tyranny and terror,” Bush said. “We’re resisting those who murder the innocent to advance a hateful ideology, whether they kill in New York or London, or Kabul or Baghdad.

“American and British forces are staying on the offense against the extremists and terrorists,” Bush said. “We’re supporting young democracies. Our work has been hard. The fruits of our work have been difficult for many to see. Yet our work remains the surest path to peace, and it reflects the values cherished by Americans and by Britons, and by the vast majority of people across the broader Middle East.”

The queen is making her fifth visit to the United States.

“A state visit provides us with a brief opportunity to step back from our current preoccupations to reflect on the very essence of our relationship,” the Queen said. “It gives us the chance to look back at how the stories of our two countries have been inextricably woven together. It is the moment to take stock of our present friendship, rightly taking pleasure from its strengths, while never taking these for granted. And it is the time to look forward, jointly renewing our commitment to a more prosperous, safer and freer world.”

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