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Georgian Leader at White House Today Looking for NATO Boost

March 19, 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Mikhail Saakashvili of the Republic of Georgia is looking for a boost to his country’s aspirations for NATO membership when he meets with President Bush.

Mikheil Saakashvili
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Mikheil Saakashvili

The two leaders also are likely to discuss on Georgia’s tensions with Russia over the possibility of NATO membership and Russia’s support of two breakaway Georgian regions.

Bush, who has been a strong advocate of Georgia’s NATO hopes, may not be able offer more than encouragement to Saakashvili in their White House meeting scheduled for Wednesday.

Bush plans to attend NATO’s summit April 2-4 in Bucharest, Romania, and Georgia’s chances of joining a program that would prepare it for eventual membership will hinge on winning unanimous support of the 26 member countries. Some Western leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have misgivings about moving Georgia a step closer to membership.

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