Speaking at the opening of the 61st United Nations General Assembly on September 19, 2006, President George W. Bush focused his speech on the war on terrorism and extremism and democracy in the
Directing comments to the People of Iran, Bush said:
"To the people of
: The United States respects you; we your country. We admire your rich history, your vibrant culture, and your many contributions to civilization. You deserve an opportunity to determine your own future, an economy that rewards your intelligence and your talents, and a society that allows you to fulfill your tremendous potential. The greatest obstacle to this future is that your rulers have chosen to deny you liberty and to use your nation's resources to fund terrorism, and fuel extremism, and pursue nuclear weapons. The United Nations has passed a clear resolution requiring that the regime in Iran meet its international obligations. Tehran must abandon its nuclear weapons ambitions. Despite what the regime tells you, we have no objection to Iran 's pursuit of a truly peaceful nuclear power program. We're working toward a diplomatic solution to this crisis. And as we do, we look to the day when you can live in freedom -- and Iran Americaand can be good friends and close partners in the cause of peace." Iran
And to the people of Syria, President Bush says: Don't continue to let your government turn your country into a tool of Iran.