White House Briefing, September 8, 2003


Monday  September 8, 2003

Office of the Press Secretary
(Nashville, Tennessee)
September 8, 2003


Aboard Air Force One
En Route Nashville, Tennessee

2:50 P.M. EDT

MR. McCLELLAN: The President made four calls, in addition to the one I read out earlier. He spoke with President Lula of Brazil, Prime Minister Vajpayee of India, President Musharraf of Pakistan and President Mbeki. The purpose of all these calls was to talk about the importance of the World Trade Organization ministerial in Cancun later this week. And the President noted that an ambitious, successful outcome in Cancun, especially in agriculture, would benefit all countries.

In addition to discussing that topic, with Prime Minister Vajpayee, they also generally discussed the situation in Iraq and progress toward a new U.N. Security Council resolution. And with President Musharraf, they also -- the two leaders also discussed continuing cooperation in the war on terrorism and the upcoming visit of Pakistani Prime Minister Jamali.

That's the readout.

QUESTION: What's this trade thing about? Sorry, I missed it.

MR. McCLELLAN: Oh, this is about the WTO ministerial meeting coming up. The President is strongly committed to expanding trade and opening markets. And one of the things we've been pushing for is opening agricultural markets and reducing agricultural subsidies. So that's something that's important. And the President talked about some of this, if you'll recall, back in his speech prior to departing for Africa.

So that's essentially it.

Q: When is the Cancun meeting?

MR. McCLELLAN: I don't know the exact dates. It's this week.

All right, thanks.

END 2:53 P.M. EDT


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