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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
May 7, 2005

President Welcomed by President Vike-Freiberga to Latvia
Riga Castle
Riga, Latvia

1:10 A.M. (Local)

PRESIDENT VIKE-FREIBERGA: We are, of course, very gratified for this sudden interest in Latvia that we're seeing among the journalists. (Laughter.) And it's truly a great pleasure to see these wonderful journalists coming to my country and having a look around. And, Mr. President, I think that you have something to do with that. (Laughter.)

PRESIDENT BUSH: Well, thank you for having us, Madam President. It's been a trip I've really been anxious to fulfill. I admire your leadership; I admire your country's courage. I love the fact that you're a free nation and willing to speak out so clearly for freedom. So, thanks for the hospitality.

PRESIDENT VIKE-FREIBERGA: And we're pleased that the cameras are now turned on Latvia while you are here. (Laughter.)

PRESIDENT BUSH: That's right.

Q Mr. President --

PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you all. We'll have ample opportunity in an open press conference. And I certainly wouldn't want you to fire your best question here. (Laughter.)

END 11:11 A.M. (Local)