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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
Mandela and Bush Discuss AIDS
August 18, 2003
Los Angeles Times (08.17.03) - Monday, August 18, 2003

Former South African President Nelson Mandela telephoned President Bush on Saturday, taking a step toward improving relations frayed by previous disagreements over the US-led invasion of Iraq. Bush "welcomed a call" from Mandela while vacationing at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, said White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan. Their discussion focused in part on the need to fight AIDS in Africa, said McClellan. Mandela has praised Bush's commitment to funding AIDS research and treatment and has urged Europe to follow Washington's lead.