George W Bush

George Bush tells Yousuf Gilani US respects Pak’s sovereignty

WashingtonUS President George W Bush, July 29: Barely a few hours after US-led coalition forces’ air strike killed six persons in FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas), US President George Bush last evening said that his country respected Pakistan’s sovereignty, and described its democracy as “vibrant”.

In a brief statement to the presspersons after holding talks with visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in the Oval Office, Bush said that both admitted that terrorism and extremism were dangerous for everyone, including Pakistan.

George W Bush, Manmohan Singh discuss plans to expedite nuclear deal

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President George W BushNew Delhi - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President George W Bush have discussed the next steps to be taken towards the completion of a India-US civilian nuclear agreement, media reports said Friday.

The two leaders spoke by telephone on Thursday night in a conversation that also covered issues related to world trade talks, the Hindu newspaper reported.

President Bush plans to convert Pak anti-terror aid into upgrading F-16s aimed at India

President George W BushWashington, July 24: In a move which has attracted criticism from a section of US Congressmen, President George Bush has reportedly planned to shift nearly 230-million-dollar aid to Pakistan from counter-terrorism programs to upgrading that country’s aging F-16 jets, because “Pakistan prizes more for their contribution to its military rivalry with India than for fighting insurgents along its Afghan border”.

President George Bush tells private gathering "Wall Street got drunk"

WashingtoUS President George W Bushn - US President George W Bush summed up the problems in the US economy by telling a private gathering that "Wall Street got drunk" and is now suffering a "hangover."

"Wall Street got drunk - that's one reason I told you turn the cameras off - it got drunk and now it's got a hangover," Bush said at the fundraiser in Houston. "The question is how long will it sober up and not try to do all these fancy financial instruments."

US seeks to convince nations to recognize Kosovo, Bush says

US seeks to convince nations to recognize Kosovo, Bush saysWashington - US President George W Bush said he would continue to pressure more countries to recognize Kosovo as an independent state after a meeting with its leaders on Monday.

Bush also said he opposed a further divide of Kosovo along ethnic lines, as he welcomed President Fatmir Sejdiu and Prime Minister Hashim Thaci to the White House for the first time since Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in February.

"I'm a strong supporter of Kosovo's independence. I'm against any partition of Kosovo," Bush said after the meeting.

George Bush's U-turn on timetable for withdrawal of US troops from Iraq

U.S. President George W. BushWashington, July 19: In what can be termed as a concession of sorts, U. S. President George W. Bush has reportedly agreed to "a general time horizon" for withdrawing American troops from Iraq.

The White House announced on Friday that President Bush, who has often been criticized for not announcing a timetable for the withdrawal of troops, has agreed to at least a notional withdrawal as part of his administration's efforts to negotiate terms for an American military presence in Iraq after a United Nations mandate expires at the end of the year.

George Bush unhappy with Taliban's movement from Pak to Afghanistan

Washington, July 16: U. S. President George W. Bush has expressed his unhappiness over the movement of some extremists from Pakistan to Afghanistan.

Speaking at the White House, Bush said: "No question, however, that some extremists are coming out of parts of Pakistan into Afghanistan. And that''s troubling to us, it''s troubling to Afghanistan, and it should be troubling to Pakistan."

Bush said that the matter would be discussed with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani here this month.

"As a matter of fact, we''ll have an opportunity to explore that further with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani," he added.

Indo-US ties in good shape ever, says Manmohan Singh after meeting George Bush

Toyako, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan SinghJuly 9: On the sidelines of the ongoing G-8 summit in Hokkaido in Japan, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today met US President George W Bush.

After the meeting that lasted around 45 minutes at Hotel Windsor Toya, Dr. Singh told reporters that India’s relationship with the US has never been as good as it was now.

"Our relationship with the United States has never been in such good shape as it is today. I am very pleased with the state of our relationship," he said.

Pakistan's prime minister to meet with Bush in US

 Yousaf Raza GillaniWashington - US President George W Bush plans to meet Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on July 28, when the two leaders are expected to discuss the fight against terrorism, economic development and regional cooperation, the White House said Thursday.

"The US-Pakistan strategic partnership is grounded firmly in the shared objectives of promoting democracy and combating extremism," the White House spokesperson said in a statement.

George Bush "understands" Iraq's concerns over security pact - Baghdad

US President George BushBaghdad - US President George Bush told Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari that he understood the ongoing disagreements in Iraq over a bilateral deal on US military presence in the country, a foreign ministry statement said Thursday.

In a meeting with Zebari in Washington, Bush expressed "US respect for Iraq's sovereignty and the will of its people," a statement issued by Iraq's Foreign Ministry said.

George Bush to propose end to offshore oil drilling ban

US President George W BushNew York - US President George W Bush is to propose ending a federal ban on offshore oil drilling, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

The move reflects the growing political impact of the relentless rise in oil prices, and aligns Bush with Republican nominee Senator John McCain who proposed similar action on Monday.

The paper quoted White House press secretary Dana Perino saying Bush would urge Congress to "pass legislation lifting the Congressional ban on safe, environmentally friendly offshore oil drilling."

George Bush and Gordon Brown in talks amid reported tension over Iraq troops

London - US President George W BushUS President George W Bush and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown met for talks in London Monday expected to be dominated by reported differences over the timing of troop withdrawals from Iraq.

Reports said Bush was expected to press Brown to delay any plans to pull out the remaining 4,000 British troops from Iraq until the security situation had improved significantly, and to work in tandem with the US.

The situation in Afghanistan and the global crisis over food and fuel prices were also on the agenda.

Bush regrets bellicose tones over Iraq

London - US President George W Bush expressed regret Wednesday over the use of aggressive language over Iraq and said he should have used a "different rhetoric."

In an interview published in the Times newspaper, Bush said his stance over Iraq had made the world believe that he was a "guy really anxious for war."

His use of phrases such as "bring them on" and "dead or alive" had indicated to people that "I was, you know, not a man of peace," Bush said.

But the truth was that he found it "very painful to put youngsters in harm's way" and that he had an obligation to make sure that those lives were not lost in vain.

Bush said he was concerned that policies by Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama might open divisions in Western attitudes towards Iran's nuclear ambitions.

International themes dominate Bush-Merkel talks in Berlin

Berlin - Iran's nuclear programme, the situation in Afghanistan, the Middle East peace process and other international issues are set to dominate the programme when US President George W Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet near Berlin Wednesday.

Bush arrived on his farewell visit to Germany Tuesday from the EU-US summit in Brdo, Slovenia to spend the night at Schloss Meseberg, the baroque palace 70 kilometres north of the capital that the German government uses as a guesthouse.

Bush and Merkel, together with their spouses, walked in the palace gardens and had dinner together, Merkel returning the hospitality extended to her by the president on his ranch near Crawford, Texas in November last year.

US President Bush arrives in Berlin on farewell trip to Germany

US President Bush arrives in Berlin on farewell trip to GermanyBerlin - US President George W Bush arrived in Berlin Tuesday at the start of a farewell visit to Germany, during which he is to hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

After being welcomed by a guard of honour at Berlin's Tegel Airport, Bush was flown by helicopter to Schloss Meseberg, the government guesthouse north of the German capital where he was to spend the night as Merkel's guest.

Bush leaves on one-week tour to Europe, EU summit

US President George W BushWashington -  US President George W Bush left Monday for a one-week visit to Europe and said he would speak with his European partners about Afghanistan and economic topics.

Among the economic issues were economic development and the rising price of oil.

Bush also again called for the development of technologies to decrease industrial dependence on fossil fuels.

The US president also mentioned the continuing weakness of the dollar as a topic for discussion, saying that the United States was committed to a strong currency.

US Congress looks past Bush, takes on global warming

Washington - President George W BushUS legislators this week are considering the first-ever mandatory limit on greenhouse-gas emissions in the United States, ignoring White House stiff opposition, instead looking ahead to a more favourable political climate after the November elections.

The Senate began debating a bill that would bring US targets on cutting climate-changing emissions roughly in line with the recommendations of international scientists, and would introduce a cap-and-trade system along the lines of what already exists in the European Union.

Bush criticizes Myanmar extended detention of Suu Kyi

George W BushWashington  - US President George W Bush said Tuesday he was "deeply troubled" by the decision of Myanmar's ruling junta to extend the detention of leading Democratic activist Aung San Suu Kyi and called for the immediate release of all political prisoners.

"The United States calls upon the regime to release all political prisoners in Burma and begin a genuine dialogue with Aung San Suu Kyi," Bush said in a statement.

Suu Kyi has been under house arrest since 2003 and has become the leading figure of the drive for democracy in Myanmar, which is also known as Burma.

Bush honours war dead at Memorial Day service

George BushWashington  - President George W Bush on Monday cited the need to honour members of the military, as he remembered those killed in US wars in a service marking Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetary near Washington.

In his last remarks as president on the holiday to remember war dead, Bush emphasized the sacrifices of those who have died in the past year in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"We offer a solemn pledge to persevere and to provide the security for our citizens and secure the peace for which they fought," he said to those marking the occasion at the military cemetary.

Bush to meet with Dutch prime minister

Bush and BalkenendeWashington- US President George W Bush will meet with Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende next month to discuss NATO's fight against the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, the White House said Friday.

Bush and Balkenende, who will meet June 5 at the White House, will also discuss the effort to prevent Iran from obtaining the ability to develop nuclear weapons, and support for development in the Balkans, trade and reducing poverty and disease in Africa.

The Netherlands is among the NATO countries fighting alongside US forces against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan. (dpa)




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