President's News Conference with President François Hollande of France, February 11, 2014   [open pdf - 191KB]

This is from the remarks of President Barack Obama titled, "The President's News Conference with President François Hollande of France." From the remarks of President Barack Obama on February 11, 2014: "Again, it's a great honor to welcome my friend and partner, President Hollande, back to the White House for this state visit. […] Our military and intelligence personnel cooperate every day, keeping our nations secure and dealing with crises and challenges from Africa to the Persian Gulf. Our diplomats work side by side to help resolve conflicts and promote peace, from Syria to Iran. Our development experts help impoverished villages boost their agriculture and lift themselves out of poverty. And this level of partnership across so many areas would have been unimaginable even a decade ago. But it's a testament to how our two nations have worked to transform our alliance. And I want to salute President Hollande for carrying this work forward. […] First, we're standing shoulder to shoulder on the key challenges to global security. Our unity with our P-5-plus-1 partners, backed with strong sanctions, has succeeded in halting and rolling back key parts of the Iranian nuclear program. We agree that next week's talks in Vienna will be an opportunity for Iran to show that it is serious about a comprehensive solution that assures the world that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. And President Hollande and I agree on the need to continue enforcing existing sanctions, even as we believe that new sanctions during these negotiations would endanger the possibility of a diplomatic solution. And we remain absolutely united on our ultimate goal, which is preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Just as our unity on Syria - and the credible threat of force - led to a plan for destroying Syria's chemical weapons, we're united on what needs to happen next there. Syria must meet its commitments, and Russia has a responsibility to ensure that Syria complies."

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Daily Comp. Pres. Docs., 2014 DCPD No. 00082
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