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Bush Arrives in Europe to Begin Talks With EU, NATO - 2004-06-25


President Bush is in Ireland for talks with European Union officials. Mr. Bush is seeking EU support for the interim Iraqi government.

Air Force One, the president's jet, touched down in the early evening hours in Ireland, the first stop on a trip that will also take President Bush to the NATO summit next week in Turkey.

There will be full agendas for both meetings. But the focus for Mr. Bush is Iraq and the upcoming transfer of power to the Iraqi interim government.

Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, who holds the revolving presidency of the 25-nation EU is hosting this weekend U.S.-EU summit at a 16th century castle that is now a luxury hotel in western Ireland. Security is tight with thousands of police and soldiers patrolling the area.

Roads around the meeting site have been closed off and the castle is completely closed to the public. Demonstrators gathered Friday further east, in Dublin and three protesters were arrested here in County Clare for breaching the security zone.

This is the president's second trip to Europe this month. He went to Italy and France in early June.

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