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President Bush, Dominican Republic President Meet


President Bush has met with the president of the Dominican Republic.

Mr. Bush and Dominican President Leonel Fernandez met Wednesday at the White House to discuss trade, economics, crime, and the war on drugs, among other issues.

The leaders particularly discussed implementation of a regional free trade agreement known as CAFTA-DR that will cover the Dominican Republic as well as El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

The treaty aims to create a free trade zone among Central American countries and the United States.

Both Mr. Bush and Mr. Fernandez said their governments are working to finalize the agreement as soon as possible.

Dominican Republic is located on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti.