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Sunday, October 24, 2004


FOREIGN LEADERS FOR BUSH 

Leaders from Russia, Italy, Australia and Italy express support for Bush



ST. PETERSBURG TIMES- Putin: Bush Must Win or Terrorists Will Triumph
MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin on Monday made his strongest endorsement yet for his friend U.S. President George W. Bush, saying "international terrorism" will claim victory over the international antiterrorism coalition if Bush loses.

"I believe that the activities of terrorists in Iraq are not as much aimed at the coalition as at President Bush personally ... The goal of international terrorism is to prevent the election of President Bush to a second term," Putin said.

"If they achieve that goal, then they will of course celebrate it as a victory... over America and, to a certain extent, over the forces of the international antiterrorism coalition," Putin told reporters in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, after a regional cooperation conference.

Putin, however, was quick to point out that his views on the U.S.-led war on Iraq continues to differ from those of Bush and that he will "respect any choice of the American people" for president.

REUTERS: Italy's Berlusconi Says He Hopes Bush Wins U.S. Election
ISCHIA, Italy (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Friday he hoped incumbent President Bush would win the Nov. 2 election against his Democratic rival John Kerry.

"We hope and believe that the next president will again be Bush," Berlusconi told reporters during campaigning for Italian local elections on the island of Ischia, in southern Italy.

Despite rooting for Bush, Berlusconi added that whoever wins the election "we are loyal allies of the United States and we will continue in our policy of friendship."

TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER: THE HON JOHN HOWARD MP PRESS CONFERENCE,FOUR SEASONS HOTEL, JAKARTA
JOURNALIST:

Mr Howard, just one question, the Russian President Putin has today said that it would be better for the fight against terrorism if Mr Bush remained President of the US, do you agree with those sentiments?

PRIME MINISTER:

Well I don’t normally agree or disagree with every comment made by every other leader. However, my views about George Bush are well known. I wish him well and I hope he gets re-elected. I don’t say that disrespectfully of his opponent, but I certainly think George Bush has given great leadership to the world fight against terrorism, I think he’s been a very strong leader in that fight and I hope he wins.

JAPAN TODAY: Koizumi wants Bush to stay as U.S. president
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Thursday he wants George W Bush to retain the U.S. presidency in the country's upcoming election.

"I don't want to interfere with another country's election but since I'm well-acquainted with President Bush, I want him to carry on," Koizumi told reporters at his office when asked about Democratic rival Sen John Kerry's lead in the latest poll.

JAPAN TODAY: LDP's Takebe sees trouble ahead if Kerry wins U.S. presidency
TOKYO — Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Tsutomu Takebe said Friday there will be trouble if Democratic challenger John Kerry beats incumbent George W Bush in the U.S. presidential election.

Takebe, who is seen as a right-hand man of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, told a Nippon Broadcasting System radio program, referring to the Nov 2 presidential election, "It would mean trouble if it is not President Bush. Mr Kerry is trying to address the North Korean problem bilaterally. That is totally out of the question."

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