Bush welcomes Ghanian president

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush is giving Ghana's president a welcome befitting the close relationship between the leader and their countries.

Bush on Monday honored John Kufuor with the pageantry of a traditional state arrival on the South Lawn. The two were to meet in the Oval Office and give a joint statement on the South Lawn, and at night, Bush will treat Kufuor and his wife to a rare state dinner.

The treatment reciprocates for the warm welcome that Bush and first lady Laura Bush received in Ghana during their African trip in February. Bush considers Ghana to be a model of democracy and said that the ties between the two countries "are strong, and they are enduring."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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