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Bush Congratulates Bolivia's Morales on Inauguration


President Bush and Bolivian President Evo Morales have agreed on the need for constructive relations and dialogue between their nations.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan says Mr. Bush telephoned Mr. Morales to congratulate him on his election and inauguration and that Mr. Bush commended the Andean nation's strong commitment to democracy. The spokesman also says Mr. Morales outlined his agenda for social and economic change in Bolivia.

The United States has adopted a "wait-and-see" approach towards Mr. Morales, who has been a vocal opponent of U.S. drug and trade policies.

The call comes as Mr. Morales faces the first crisis of his presidency. Heavy rains have caused floods that have killed at least 13 people, leaving tens of thousands homeless.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, Reuters.
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