June 10th, 2008 08:48 EST
Slovenia first stop for Bush before meeting with EU leaders
U.S. President George Bush has met with Slovenian President Danilo Turk ahead of a summit with European Union leaders that will cover a broad range of issues - including Iran`s nuclear program.
Mr. Bush and Mr. Turk met at Brdo Castle in Kranj, Slovenia. He is to also hold talks with Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa.
During Tuesday`s summit with European leaders, President Bush said he wants to discuss joint action to tackle high energy costs, including the need to cut dependence on fossil fuels. He also plans to ask for European help in Afghanistan and to put more pressure on Iran to give up its nuclear program.
The president is to also visit the Slovenia`s world-famous Lipizzaner horse exhibit before heading off to Germany.
There Mr. Bush and his wife Laura will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Marshall Plan, which provided U.S. reconstruction aid to Europe after World War II.
They also will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift - a U.S., British and French operation to bring much-needed supplies into the western half of the divided German city, which had been cut off by a Soviet blockade.