US-Europe ties to survive Iraq: Bush
21 February, 2005
US President George W. Bush, in Europe to bury the hatchet on Iraq, was to say in a speech today that "no passing disagreement of governments" could permanently damage transatlantic ties.
"Our strong friendship is essential to peace and prosperity across the globe - and no temporary debate, no passing disagreement of governments, no power on earth will ever divide us," he said in excerpts released by the White House.
The 2003 Iraq war sparked a serious risk between Washington and a group of European countries led by European heavyweights France and Germany opposed to the conflict.
Mr Bush was due to have dinner with French President Jacques Chirac this evening, and travel on to Germany on Wednesday for talks with Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder after summit talks tomorrow with NATO and European Union (EU) leaders.