Bush to attend Beijing Olympic opening ceremony

July 4th, 2008 - 8:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, July 4 (DPA) US President George W. Bush will attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics this August, the White House confirmed, setting aside months of uncertainty over his intentions. Whether world leaders would attend the Aug 8 event has been the subject of much speculation since the beginning of the year, given protests over China’s human rights record.

A number of European leaders said they would not attend after China’s crackdown on Tibetan protesters earlier this year, including those of Germany, Italy and Britain.

French President Nicholas Sarkozy has not yet said whether he would attend the opening ceremony.

“The president and Mrs Bush will attend the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Olympic Games on August 8,” the White House said in a statement Thursday.

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