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President Bush Meets With African Leaders - 2002-09-13

President Bush has held talks with the leaders of Rwanda, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo on consolidating the recent Rwandan-Congolese peace agreement.

Mr. Bush met Friday with presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and Joseph Kabila of Congo on the margins of the U-N General Assembly in New York City. Mr. Bush left for Washington following the meeting, on which no details were immediately available.

Last month, Rwanda and Congo signed an agreement normalizing relations after four years of war.

Earlier Mr. Bush held talks with the leaders of 10 Central African countries on trade and development issues and the AIDS pandemic. Mr Bush met with the presidents of Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Chad, the Central African Republic, Burundi, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Sao Tome and Principe.

After that meeting, the White House reiterated the Administration's commitment to its Millenium Challenge Account. The program would grant 10 billion dollars in aid to African countries that demonstrate a strong commitment to good governance.