Bush and Ortega

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Pres­i­dent Bush told Nicaraguan pres­i­dent-elect and for­mer U.S. foe DanielOrte­gaonJan.8thathe­hoped towork­to­geth­eronarange­ofis­sues, the White House said.

Mr. Bush tele­phoned Mr. Ortega, who as­sumed of­fice last week, “to con­grat­u­late­hi­mandtheNicaraguan peo­ple on their com­mit­ment to democ­racy,” said na­tional se­cu­rity spokesman Gor­don John­droe.

“The pres­i­dent ex­pressed his strong­com­mit­ment­tothewell-be­ing of the Nicaraguan peo­ple and our con­tin­ued in­ter­est in a re­la­tion­ship with­Nicaragua,not­ing­su­chon­go­ing ar­ea­sof­co­op­er­a­tion”astrade­an­dreform-driveneco­nomicde­vel­op­ment, he said.

“Thep­res­i­den­tal­sonot­edtha­trec­on­cil­i­a­tion,unity,democ­ra­cyand­job cre­ation — the agenda out­lined in Daniel Ortega’s elec­tion plat­form — are ar­eas for pos­si­ble co­op­er­a­tion,” Mr. John­droe said.

Mr. Ortega, 61, was sworn in Jan. 10toafive-yeart­er­masNicaragua’s pres­i­dent, Agence France-Presse re­ports.

Mr.Bushal­sospoke­with­out­go­ing Nicaraguan Pres­i­dent En­rique Bolanos“tothankhim­forhisser­vice to his coun­try, com­mit­ment to democ­racy and friend­ship with the United States,” Mr. John­droe said.

Mr.Orte­gawastheMarx­istleader of the left­ist San­din­ista Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion Front that ousted dic­ta­tor Anas­ta­sio So­moza in 1979.

He­wasvoted­out­of­pow­erin1990, and­losttwosub­se­quent­pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, be­fore pre­vail­ing in the elec­tion­ear­lierthis­mon­th­to­suc­ceed Mr. Bolanos.

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