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President Bush To Attend Summit of the Americas in Argentina

Bush will stop in Brazil and Panama afterwards

Posted: October 5, 2005

President Bush will attend the Summit of the Americas November 3-5 in Mar del Plata, Argentina, according to a White House statement issued October 5.

While in Argentina, Bush will also meet with Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, the White House said. Following the summit, Bush will visit Brazil November 5-6 to meet with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and will visit Panama November 6-7 to meet with Panamanian President Martin Torrijos.

For information on the summit in Argentina and past summits, see Summit of the Americas.

Following is the text of the White House statement:

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
October 5, 2005

STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY

President to Attend the Summit of the Americas, and Travel to Brazil and Panama

President Bush will travel to Mar del Plata, Argentina on November 3-5 to participate in the Summit of the Americas and to meet with Argentine President Nestor Carlos Kirchner. This will be the President's third Summit of the Americas. This visit will allow the President to continue his dialogue with the hemisphere's democratically elected leaders, highlight our engagement in the region, and promote the consolidation of democracy and the expansion of economic opportunity and prosperity through open markets and free trade.

Following the Summit, the President will visit Brazil on November 5-6 at the invitation of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. He will then travel to Panama on November 6-7 to meet with President Martin Torrijos Espino.

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