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Liberia Expected to Top Agenda of Bush-Annan Meeting Monday - 2003-07-13

President Bush meets Monday at the White House with U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan. The situation in Liberia is expected to top the agenda.

This meeting follows trips to Africa by both men, and comes at a time when the Bush administration is considering whether to send troops to Liberia.

White House National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice says the matter remains under review. During an appearance on CNN's Late Edition, she downplayed prospects for an announcement while Secretary General Annan is in Washington.

"We are obviously going to participate in trying to bring stability. But what that means, I think, we will have to see," Ms. Rice said.

This will be the first face-to-face meeting between the president and the secretary general since the contentious U.N. debate earlier this year on Iraq. Since the end of major combat in Iraq, both sides have been trying to ease lingering tensions over whether military action was necessary.

The U.N. role in rebuilding Iraq is also expected to be a major topic of discussion.