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Uribe, Bush Discuss Free Trade


Colombian President Alvaro Uribe met with President Bush at the White House Thursday to discuss free trade negotiations between the two nations.

Following their meeting, Mr. Bush said he is very hopeful the two countries can reach a fair trade agreement.

Mr. Uribe said both sides were negotiating in good faith.

The Colombian president also met Thursday with Congressman Dan Burton, chairman of the House subcommittee on Latin America. Afterward, Mr. Burton told reporters he supports a free trade agreement and hopes to see it finalized by the end of the year.

Mr. Uribe also met with the White House's coordinator of drug policy. Colombia remains a hub for drug smugglers, despite joint efforts by U.S. and Colombian forces to end the illegal trade.

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