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Excerpts: Bush speaks in Kabul
George W Bush in Kabul
Bush: "It's a thrill to come to Afghanistan"
Excerpts from the press conference given by US President George W Bush on his first visit to Afghanistan.

His trip is the first to the country by a US president since the brief visit of Dwight D Eisenhower in 1959 and comes as part of a landmark tour of South Asia - President Bush's first to the region.

AFGHAN DEMOCRACY

"It's a thrill to come to a country which is dedicating itself to the dignity of every person who lives here.

"People all over the world are watching the experience here in Afghanistan.

"You are inspiring others and the inspiration will cause others to demand their freedom, and as the world becomes more free the world will become more peaceful.

"It's our country's pleasure and honour to be involved in the future of this country."

OSAMA BIN LADEN AND TALEBAN HEAD MULLAH OMAR

"It's not a matter of if they are brought to justice but when.

"We have got US forces on the hunt for not only Bin Laden but anybody who plots and plans with Bin Laden.

"We're making progress in dismantling al-Qaeda. Slowly but surely, we're bringing the people to justice and the world is better for it."

US NUCLEAR DEAL WITH INDIA

"This is a difficult issue. This is a difficult issue for the Indian government. This is a difficult issue for the American government.

"It is in the interest of countries around the world that India develop a nuclear power industry because that will help alleviate demand for fossil fuels."

PAKISTAN-AFGHAN BORDER MILITANT INCURSIONS

"These infiltrations are causing harm to friends and allies and cause harm to US troops. It will be a topic of conversation [with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf]".

IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAMME

"Iran must not have a nuclear weapon.

"The most destabilising thing that can happen in this region and the world is for Iran to develop a nuclear weapon.

"And so the world is speaking with one voice to the Iranians that it's OK for you to have a civilian nuclear power operation, but you shall not have the means, the knowledge to develop a nuclear weapon."


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