Bush to visit Albania under escort of troops

Albanian parliament on Wednesday approved a special act, allowing a batch of U.S. troops to escort the U.S. President Bush on his state visit to Albania on June 10.

Albanian laws prevent foreign troops from entering its territories, and the act passed by the parliament's Law and National Security Commissions apply only to Bush's visit.

The troops will take part in the joint operations to provide security before and during Bush's visit in Albania, ATA, Albania's official news agency, reported.

The act calls for related governmental organizations to provide required cooperation and make available the land, sea and airspace for the troops to operate, it was reported.

Bush drops in Albania after he has attended the G8 meeting in Germany on June 6-8. On his trip, he will also pay short visits to Poland, Italy, and Bulgaria after Albania, where he will stay for less than 24 hours.

Bush will be the first U.S. president to visit Albania. In 1999, President Bill Clinton scheduled a visit to Tirana, but it was later canceled.

Source: Xinhua



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