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Bush to Host Berlusconi at Texas Ranch July 20

Bush to Host Berlusconi at Texas Ranch July 20-21 Will discuss Middle East, WMD, terrorism, transatlantic ties

President Bush will host Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi July 20-21 at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, the White House has announced. Following is the statement: (begin text)

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
July 14, 2003 Statement by the Press Secretary

VISIT OF PRIME MINISTER SILVIO BERLUSCONI OF ITALY President Bush will host Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, on July 20-21, 2003.

Italy is among the United States' closest allies in NATO, and has been a strong supporter in the global war on terrorism and in bringing peace and democracy to Iraq. The President values Prime Minister Berlusconi's leadership.

They will discuss a range of issues, including stopping the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, peace and security in the Middle East region, continuing the fight against terrorism, and strengthening transatlantic relations.


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