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President Bush to Discuss Trade, Security with Salvadoran President


George W. Bush
President Bush will welcome his Salvadoran counterpart to the White House next week for talks on free trade, democracy and security.

The July 15 meeting will be the second President Antonio Saca will have paid to the White House in two months.

In May, leaders from five Central American nations and the Dominican Republic joined President Bush in calling for passage of a regional free trade agreement.

The U.S. Senate approved the Central American Free Trade Agreement last week. The House of Representatives has not voted on it yet.

Mr. Bush says the pact would eliminate trade barriers and help U.S. farmers and small businesses, and boost Latin American democracies.

But critics say it would benefit only large, trans-national corporations and would weaken labor and environmental standards.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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