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Bush in Nigeria, Final Stop of Africa Tour - 2003-07-12


President Bush is in Nigeria on the last stop of his five-nation tour of Africa. The president's talks with Nigerian officials will focus largely on U.S. support for a West African peacekeeping force for Liberia.

President Bush has still not decided whether to send U.S. troops to Liberia, but his discussions Saturday with Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo are expected to go some way to shaping how Washington will support West African peacekeepers.

Nigeria and Ghana are expected to make up the bulk of a planned force for Liberia after which it is hoped that President Charles Taylor will step down.

President Bush says the United States will be involved in supporting West African peacekeepers. The decision now is the extent of that support.

Following his talks with President Obasanjo, Mr. Bush will address a summit of African and African-American business leaders designed to promote human, economic, and business development in Africa.

The president and first lady will then return to the United States, ending a trip that has also taken them to Senegal, South Africa, Botswana, and Uganda.