Here's President Bush's statement on the rescue Wednesday of 15 hostages in Colombia:
"Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak to President [Alvaro] Uribe of Colombia. And he called to give me the good news that hostages had been rescued, including three Americans that had been held since 2003. I congratulated the president. I asked him to congratulate his military and those who had planned it. And I told him what a joyous occasion it must be to know that the plan had worked; that the people who were unjustly held are now free to be with their families."

"And so I'm proud of our relationship with Colombia and I'm proud of my friend, President Uribe. And I appreciate his courage and his strong leadership in the successful operations they waged."

"Thank you very much."