Bush and Chirac to meet in Brussels

24th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (AFP) - US President George W. Bush will hold a working dinner with his French counterpart Jacques Chirac on February 21 during a visit to Brussels, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Monday.

WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (AFP) - US President George W. Bush will hold a working dinner with his French counterpart Jacques Chirac on February 21 during a visit to Brussels, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Monday.

"The president will host a working dinner for the French President Jacques Chirac in Brussels on February 21st 2005," McClellan said.

"The president looks forward to working together with President Chirac and all our European allies and partners to strengthen freedom, democracy and security throughout the world," the spokesman said.

In Paris, Chirac's office said the meeting would offer "a new opportunity to demonstrate the quality of relations between the United States and France, which are founded on common values and dialogue of trust."

The meeting will be the first between Bush and Chirac since the US leader won a second term in November.

The White House had previously said Bush would be in Brussels a day later for meetings with leaders of the European Union and a visit to NATO headquarters.

On February 23 Bush will meet with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, and will see Russian President Vladimir Putin the following day.

France, Germany and Russia were all strong opponents to the US-led war in Iraq.

Chirac's office said the Chirac-Bush meeting in Brussels would not replace a visit by Chirac to Washington at Bush's invitation. No date has been set for that visit.

Addressing the Paris diplomatic corps at a New Year's reception, President Chirac extended friendly greetings to Bush on his re-election.

"I hope that together with the international community we will go into the new year in unity, with confidence and determination, and the challenges we face will also be opportunities to show the vitality of the transatlantic link," Chirac said.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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