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9:51 A.M. EST
PRESIDENT BUSH: Bienvenidos a mi amigo, Presidente de nuestro amigo de
We talked about the fact that the first year of the trade agreement between the
We talked about interesting opportunities available. And one, of course, is biofuels. We both recognize that the development of biofuels is in our national interests. And I thank you for your vision.
We talked about the Millennium Challenge Account that the President has ably led, and it's going to enable people in the northern part of his country to realize the benefits of free trade and commercialism.
I expressed my concerns and our condolences about the three gentlemen who were recently assassinated, which led us into a broad discussion about security and my desire to help the President deal with security issues.
And, finally, the President reminded me that TPS expires next September. Every time he comes to the Oval Office he's expressed his deep concern and strong support for his citizens that may be here in our country. And I assured him that I was open-minded to his request, but more importantly, I'm working hard to get a comprehensive bill, immigration bill, passed out of the United States Congress.
And so, once again we had a substantial and meaningful conversation. And that's what you expect when you have two friends. Gracias, señor.
PRESIDENT SACA: (As translated.) Thank you very much, Mr. President.
We have talked extensively with the President on various issues. And I spoke to President Bush about how meaningful his trip to Latin America is going to be, because this is going to give a signal that the
We talked about free trade. On March 1st, the CAFTA agreement that is with
We have also talked about the Millennium Account and the project to develop the northern part of
We also talked about the TPS with President Bush today. And the President always have a very positive answer for
We talked about regional security and its importance, and also the combat to drug dealing and the combat to the gangs. And we have found many points of coincidence with the President. And we also talked with the President about biofuels, and how necessary it is to develop biofuel in the region, so that we need less gas and less oil to have our cars run. And in
And anyway, I always feel so comfortable when I'm sitting down and talking with my good friend every time that I come here. Thank you.
PRESIDENT BUSH: Gracias, señor.
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