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Bush Says American Muslims Also Grieve Over Terror Attacks - 2002-09-10


President Bush says American Muslims share the same grief over the September 11th attacks as do all Americans.

The president spoke to reporters after a visit to the Afghan embassy in Washington today (Tuesday). He met there with with Afghan Ambassador to the U-S Ishaq Shahryar and other leaders of the Arab-American and Muslim communities.

The president called upon all Americans to uphold the values of America -- and he said prejudice holds no place among those values.

Mr. Bush said America values its relationship with Muslims and Arabs around the world. The president noted that one year ago the people of Afghanistan were living under the oppression of the Taleban regime and today they are an emerging democracy. He pledged continued U-S assistance to them, noting that America has already contributed 700 million dollars in food and infrastructure aid.

Speaking about the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, Mr. Bush said all Americans must recognize the face of terror is not the true face of Islam. He said Americans must remember their enemy is not a religion, but a radical network of terrorists and the governments which support them.

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