Schroeder, Bush to meet in bombed castle

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7 February 2005 , BERLIN - The leaders of Germany and the United States will meet later this month at a 17th century castle in Mainz, Germany which was bombed in an Allied air raid during World War II, a government spokesman confirmed on Monday. German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and US President George W. Bush will have talks and a working lunch 23 February at Mainz castle, built from 1627 to 1687 in the Renaissance style on the Rhine River. The castle was largely destroyed by US and Allied bombers in 19

7 February 2005

BERLIN - The leaders of Germany and the United States will meet later this month at a 17th century castle in Mainz, Germany which was bombed in an Allied air raid during World War II, a government spokesman confirmed on Monday.

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and US President George W. Bush will have talks and a working lunch 23 February at Mainz castle, built from 1627 to 1687 in the Renaissance style on the Rhine River.

The castle was largely destroyed by US and Allied bombers in 1945 and rebuilt as a conference hall after the war.

Schroeder and Bush are expected to focus on improving bilateral ties after relations were chilled due to German opposition to the Iraq war.

They will also discuss fighting international terrorism as well as the current situation in Iraq and Afghanistan, said the spokesman.

Iran's nuclear programme will also be on the agenda.

President Bush arrives in Germany early 23 February after talks with European Union and NATO leaders in Brussels.

After an expected visit to US troops stationed in Germany, Bush will leave late the same day for Bratislava, Slovakia where he is due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.

DPA

Subject: German news

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