WASHINGTON President George W. Bush will host French President Nicolas Sarkozy for two days of talks next month in Washington, spokesman Tony Fratto said.
Sarkozy will confer with Bush Nov. 6 and 7 on his first visit to the U.S. capital since becoming president. The two leaders will travel to Mount Vernon, Va., for talks at the home of America's first president, George Washington. Bush will host a dinner at the White House in Sarkozy's honor, Fratto said.
Talks will cover a range of issues including strengthening security and democracy in Afghanistan, preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, forging peace in the Middle East and supporting Lebanon's effort to pursue presidential elections free of outside meddling, a White House statement said.
The two leaders will confer on genocide in Darfur, pushing for democratic change in Myanmar, and pressing for a peaceful resolution in Kosovo.
The two leaders last met in August at the Bush family home in Kennebunkport, Maine.