Toasts at the State
Dinner for President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak of
President Reagan. Wendell Phillips once said that ``you can always get the truth from an American statesman after he has turned 70 or given up all hope of the Presidency.'' [Laughter] Well, today I welcome you, President Mubarak, as a friend. Coming from a 76-year-old constitutionally prohibited from seeking another term, you can rest assured those sentiments are genuine and come from the heart. [Laughter]
visit is a particularly happy occasion as it provides the opportunity to
congratulate you personally on your reelection to a second term as President of
Egypt. As a second term veteran myself, however, let me suggest, Mr. President,
it doesn't get any easier. [Laughter] The referendum that approved your second
term reflects the strong confidence that the Egyptian people have in your
leadership. We share that same confidence. Nevertheless, Mr. President, we both
know that governing a country in which there are divergent political views and
a lively opposition is a tough job. We respect your work to broaden
participation in the political process and are confident it will help create
the stable political environment needed for
President Mubarak, you have wisely and effectively
President, our meetings today were enjoyable and enlightening. And so, you are
most welcome. And in saying that, I propose a toast to you, Mr. President, Mrs.
Mubarak, the people of
President Mubarak. President Reagan, Mrs. Reagan, dear friends, thank you for your kind words and the gracious hospitality. The elegant and warm reception you have accorded us reflects the best tradition of American friendship and genuine openness. It is a tradition that has deep roots in our culture, too. We value friendship and loyalty to friends. As usual, President Reagan and his graceful spouse have made us feel welcome and quite at home the minute we arrived at the White House this morning. They symbolize the American spirit at its best.
My meeting with the President today was another confirmation of my belief that he is a man of wisdom and vision. He is an American in the true sense of the word. I expressed to him my admiration of the relentless efforts he exerted for years to make the world more safe and secure for future generations. His recent achievement in this area will certainly have a lasting effect on world peace and stability. I have no doubt that other steps will follow in the same direction during the months ahead.
am certain that regional conflicts will figure high on the agenda throughout
the year. Of these conflicts, the
this in mind,
What I am proposing here is a policy of hope and positivity to replace despair and fear. I am sure that I am not alone in that, for I am backed by millions of men and women of courage and conviction everywhere. Let me seize this opportunity to thank all those Americans, Israelis, and others who raise their voices in support of peace and in defense of liberty. Their stand will never go unnoticed or unrewarded.
friends, American leaders have worked with Egyptian leaders over the years in
order to construct a model for friendship and cooperation among nations. In
particular, President Reagan has made a great contribution to the development
of friendly relations between
In conclusion, permit me to ask you, ladies and gentlemen, to rise in a tribute to President and Mrs. Reagan, to all our friends who are present this evening, and each and every American. Thank you.
Note: President Reagan spoke at in the State Dining Room at the White House.