Bush, Sarkozy promote ties over burgers
Sat Aug 11, 2007 4:50 PM EDT
By Tabassum Zakaria
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (Reuters) – President George W. Bush and French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Saturday stressed friendship over disagreement at a lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs at the Bush family estate aimed at improving relations strained by the Iraq war.
Bush called Sarkozy “a friend” while waiting with his wife, Laura, and parents to greet the French leader on the driveway of the family’s compound in this Maine resort town.
“We’ve got good relations with France, obviously there’s been disagreements,” Bush said.
“We have had disagreements, on Iraq in particular. But I’ve never allowed disagreements to not find other ways to work together,” he told reporters.
The United States hopes for improved ties with France under Sarkozy after relations chilled with his predecessor, Jacques Chirac, who opposed the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
Sarkozy, wearing blue jeans in keeping with the casual nature of the meeting, also stressed good relations. “Do we agree on everything? No,” he said. “Even within families there are disagreements, but we are still the same family.” –more–
I wonder what kind of fries they had with that.