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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 14, 2006

President Bush's Participation in the 61st U.N. General Assembly

President Bush will travel to New York September 18-20 to participate in the 61st United Nations General Assembly. The President and Mrs. Bush will host a reception for Heads of Delegation on the evening of September 19. Also on September 19, President Bush will address the Plenary Session of the General Debate of the General Assembly. He will meet with Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Sheikha Haya bint Rashid al Khalifa, who assumes the presidency of the General Assembly this month, to discuss a range of issues.

During the course of the day, the President will stress the United States' commitment to a broad international agenda that recognizes the connection between freedom, democracy, prosperity, counterterrorism, and security. To that end, he will host a meeting of leaders from democratic states and civil society organizations involved in building the institutions of democracy around the world. He will also attend a luncheon hosted by the Secretary-General.

The President will also have the opportunity to meet bilaterally with several other world leaders during the visit.

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