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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
December 21, 2004

President to Travel to Germany and the Slovak Republic

President Bush will travel to Germany and the Slovak Republic following his meetings on February 22, 2005 with NATO and European Union leaders in Brussels, Belgium. Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will host the President in Germany on February 23. In addition to a bilateral program in the Slovak Republic on February 24, President Bush will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

President Bush has stressed his desire to work with all of our friends and allies in Europe to promote global development and prosperity, to defeat terrorism, and to encourage freedom and democracy as alternatives to tyranny and terror. This trip, which will be President Bush's first foreign trip following his inauguration, will underscore the President's commitment to building on our shared values of freedom, democracy, and human rights to work closely with European allies and partners on the 21st century challenges we face together.

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