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Remarks: Joe Biden Holds a Bilat with Luis Abinader of the Dominican Republic - November 2, 2023

  • Joe Biden
    Person
  • Luis Abinader
    Person
  • Question
    Person
  • Note
    Person
Unknown

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:00-00:00:02 (2 sec)
Well, Mr. President, it's good to see you again. 1

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:00:02-00:00:08 (7 sec)
We were just talking about the last time we saw each other -- when I was Vice President -- down in the Dominican Republic. I guess that was in 2017? 2

Luis Abinader

Positive
00:00:08-00:00:10 (2 sec)
Yes. That was when you visited the Dominican Republic. 3

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:00:10-00:00:12 (1 sec)
Yeah. 4

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:12-00:00:24 (12 sec)
And look, the friendship between our -- between our countries runs deep, strengthened by generations of Dominicans who have become American citizens. They've got a population here that's real. 5

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:00:24-00:00:28 (4 sec)
And the partnership between our nations is, I think, stronger than ever before -- 6

Luis Abinader

Positive
00:00:28-00:00:28 ( sec)
Yes. 7

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:00:28-00:00:30 (2 sec)
-- in large part because of your leadership. 8

Luis Abinader

Somewhat Positive
00:00:30-00:00:31 (1 sec)
Thank you. 9

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:00:31-00:00:42 (11 sec)
And together, we're expanding opportunities for working people in both our nations, I believe, and -- including through our American Partnership for Economic Prosperity. 10

Joe Biden

Positive
00:00:42-00:00:48 (6 sec)
And we're standing side by side to counter corruption. You've been leading on that, and I appreciate that. 11

Joe Biden

Positive
00:00:48-00:00:56 (8 sec)
And I want to thank you, Mr. President, for your leadership on what was, in fact, and always has been an issue in the region. 12

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:56-00:01:20 (23 sec)
And -- and, you know, finally, we're working together to address the historic humanitarian and security situation in Haiti. As I said at the U.N. General Assembly, the people of Haiti cannot wait. And together, we're going to continue to support the Kenyan-led multinateral [sic] -- multinational mission. 13

Joe Biden

Positive
00:01:20-00:01:24 (5 sec)
And we're going to continue to urge Haitian political actors to come together for the good of their country. 14

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:01:24-00:01:38 (14 sec)
So, Mr. President, I want to thank you again for making the effort to be here. And I look forward to our conversations today about issues that are extremely important for our relationship and the region. And so, thank you for being here. 15

Luis Abinader

Very Positive
00:01:38-00:01:59 (21 sec)
Thank you, President Biden. I agree with you that the relation with the United States now is better than ever. And we are -- thank you very much for hosting this association for American partnership for economic development with other countries of Latin America. 16

Luis Abinader

Very Positive
00:01:59-00:02:20 (21 sec)
The Dominican people are your friends, the Dominican people are your allies, and the Dominican people are your partners. As you know, we have more than 2 million Dominican descendants in the United States, which we are very grateful forever of receiving them, and they are also great citizens of this country. 17

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:02:20-00:02:22 (1 sec)
They are. 18

Luis Abinader

Very Positive
00:02:22-00:02:35 (13 sec)
We share your commitments to strengthen security, democracy, and human rights. We are partners in defending democracy in the region. 19

Luis Abinader

Somewhat Positive
00:02:35-00:02:46 (11 sec)
And in order to achieve this goal, we must increase, President Biden, and spread prosperity and deliver the fruits of democracy to all our people. 20

Luis Abinader

Very Negative
00:02:46-00:03:03 (18 sec)
We are firmly committed to fight against illegal drugs and corruption. Any country cannot develop with corruption. And we are fighting corruption, as you already stated, as never before in our country. 21

Luis Abinader

Very Positive
00:03:03-00:03:09 (6 sec)
And these goals can be better accomplished if we do it through constructive cooperation. 22

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:03:09-00:03:11 (2 sec)
I agree. 23

Luis Abinader

Very Positive
00:03:11-00:03:30 (19 sec)
The Dominican people are very proud of our economic recovery, which depends to a considerable degree on U.S. trade and tourism. We will continue to work hard to build an even brighter future for all our people. 24

Luis Abinader

Very Positive
00:03:30-00:03:58 (27 sec)
Mr. President, we look forward to welcoming you soon to the Dominican Republic at the next -- at the next Summit of the Americas in 2025, where we will continue to develop the bonds of prosperity, security, and democracy that bind us together. And that summit will be in Punta Cana, so you have time to be on the beach. 25

Luis Abinader

Somewhat Positive
00:03:58-00:04:00 (2 sec)
Thank you. 26

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:04:00-00:04:01 (1 sec)
Thank you very much. 27

Luis Abinader

Somewhat Positive
00:04:01-00:04:04 (2 sec)
Thank you, President. 28

Note

Unknown
00:04:04-00:04:04 ( sec)
[Crosstalk] 29

Question

Unknown
00:04:04-00:04:26 (22 sec)
President Biden, the pause to get the hostages out -- President Biden, the pause to get the hostages out [inaudible]? 30

Note

Unknown
00:04:26-00:04:26 ( sec)
[Crosstalk] 31

Joe Biden

Positive
00:04:26-00:04:45 (19 sec)
The good news: We got -- we got out, today, 74 American folks out that are dual citizens. They're coming home. 32

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:04:45-00:04:47 (2 sec)
Anyway, thank you. 33