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6/7/04- Washington, D.C.

U-S, Britain To Announce Africa Aid Plan

The White House says President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair will announce a joint initiative to help Africans threatened by famine.

The initiative would cost the United States 674 (m) million dollars.

The announcement appears intended to take the sting out of Bush's opposition to Blair's more expensive plan for doubling aid to Africa. The amount of Britain's contribution to the joint initiative was not disclosed, but it was said to be less than Washington's.

Bush and Blair are to meet at the White House on Tuesday afternoon. It will be their first encounter since Blair won a third term in office. Blair's Labour Party suffered heavy losses in Parliament because of voters' unhappiness about his support for the Iraq war.

Bush and Blair are to hold a news conference Tuesday afternoon where they are expected to announce their joint initiative

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