achtungbaby (achtungbaby74) wrote in u2,

Bono Meets Bush As US, Europe, Pledge Development Boost

The world's poorest countries have received a double boost with President Bush unveiling a $5bn aid package and the European Union promising a massive increase in assistance.

In Washington, after a private meeting with Bono, President Bush signalled a shift in Washington's stance on aid after years of cuts, by promising $5bn in extra help for countries that respect human rights and reform their economies.

Speaking with Bono at his side, President Bush said: "To make progress, we must encourage nations and leaders to walk the hard road of political, legal and economic reform so all their people can benefit."
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