Laura Bush had two big goals for her five-day, whirlwind trip to
Europe last week: improve U.S. diplomatic relations and encourage
kids to read.
In Paris, Mrs. Bush and French President Jacques Chirac discussed
the need for the United States and France to put aside their
differences about Iraq. At the U.N. Educational Scientific and
Cultural Organization, the First Lady said the U.S. would once
again help the group "promote peace."
Later, in Moscow, the capital of Russia, Mrs. Bush spoke at a
book festival hosted by Lyudmila Putin, the wife of Russia's
president. "This festival is also a celebration of the freedom to
write...and to read the books we want to read," she said.
Mrs. Putin had modeled the event after the National Book Festival
in Washington, D.C., which Mrs. Bush helped to start. The third
U.S. festival was set for Saturday in Washington.
October 10, 2003 WORLD REPORT EDITION
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