President Bush has discussed funding for African development with South African President Thabo Mbeki, who was in Washington on Wednesday.
At a press conference afterward, Mr. Mbeki urged the president and other world leaders attending the Group of Eight summit next month in Scotland to discuss practical ways of helping Africa. The leaders are expected to examine a British plan to increase international funding for African projects.
Mr. Bush said he looks forward to working on Africa's problems but said the British plan does not fit the United States' budgetary process. Mr. Bush thanked Mr. Mbeki for his leadership on the crisis in Sudan's Darfur region, where the Bush administration says genocide has taken place.
Mr. Mbeki said it is critical that African nations deal with the situation internally. He said African leaders are not asking anyone outside Africa to send troops to Darfur.