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Statement by the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

United States Hosting 2004 Group of Eight (G8) Summit
in Sea Island, Georgia

President Bush will host the 30th G8 Summit in Sea Island, Georgia on June 8-10, 2004, after the United States assumes the Presidency of the G8 from France at the beginning of 2004.

The G8 Summit brings together the Leaders of the world's major industrial democracies: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The European Union also attends the G8 Summit, represented by the President of the European Commission and the Leader of the country holding the Presidency of the European Council. At previous G8 Summits, Leaders have discussed a wide range of International economic, political, and security issues.

The principal venue of the Summit will be at Sea Island. Sea Island is located on the southernmost portion of the Georgia coastline, 80 miles from Savannah, Georgia. The city of Savannah will also host some members of country delegations, as well as the entire domestic and international press corps.

Previously, the United States hosted G8 Summits in Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico (1976); Williamsburg, Virginia (1983); Houston, Texas (1990); and Denver, Colorado (1997).

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