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Departing Bush phones world leaders

world Updated: Jan 20, 2009 13:37 IST

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On the eve of leaving office, US President George W Bush spoke on Monday to leaders of Denmark, Georgia, Italy, Russia, and South Korea to say he enjoyed working with them, the White House said.

Bush “expressed his gratitude for the kind hospitality all these leaders showed him and Laura Bush over the years and told them how much he enjoyed working with them during his two terms,” said spokesman Gordon Johndroe.

The US leader spoke to Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak, Johndroe said in a statement.

“In all the calls, the leaders thanked President Bush for his work and for the spirit of cooperation and friendship developed in the last eight years,” he said.