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Bush Says It is Time to Set Aside Differences With France

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President Bush says he and French President Jacques Chirac should set aside their differences in order to work together on the Middle East and other issues. In an interview with French television Friday, Mr. Bush acknowledged past disagreements with the French leader, who opposed the U.S. - led invasion of Iraq. But the U.S. president said he looks forward to working with Mr. Chirac. President Bush's remarks come ahead of a trip aimed at strengthening U.S.-European ties. Mr. Bush arrives late Sunday in Brussels for three days of talks with allies, including NATO and European Union officials. He then travels to Germany before going to Slovakia to see Russian President Vladimir Putin. The EU ambassador in Washington (John Bruton) tells VOA (Serbian service) Mr. Bush's trip shows his commitment to a stronger, united Europe.
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