The White House says U.S. President George Bush will travel to Japan
early next month for a summit of the Group of Eight industrialized
Spokeswoman Dana Perino Tuesday said the president
plans to attend a variety of working sessions and a meeting on climate
change while at Lake Toya in northern Japan. She said he will also
hold several bilateral meetings, including with South Korean President
She said he is to leave for Japan on July 5, returning to Washington on July 9.
gathering will be Mr. Bush's last G8 summit as president. The bloc is
made up of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Britain and
the United States.
Perino denied that a visit to South Korea was
not put on the itinerary because of a dispute between the two countries
over U.S. beef exports. She said negotiations on expanding U.S. beef
exports to South Korea were making progress, and that the two countries
are close to an agreement that will hold.
South Koreans have
been staging protests that sometimes turned violent since the two
countries reached a deal that would have allowed the U.S. to export
cattle 30 months old or older. Cattle that old are considered
susceptible to the brain-wasting disease known as mad cow disease.
Bush has said he wants to visit South Korea before leaving office.
Perino said he may have an opportunity to make such a trip in August,
when he returns to Asia to attend the Olympics in Beijing.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.