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World Leaders from Afghanistan, Ghana, India, Russia and More Visit Columbia; Discuss Future Plans

An unprecedented number of senior statesmen, including Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia, Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, John Agyekum Kufuor of Ghana, and Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee of India, visited Columbia in conjunction with the UN General Assembly.

Enrique Bolanos Geyer
 
Enrique Bolanos Geyer

Enrique Bolanos Geyer, President of the Republic of Nicaragua
An anti-corruption drive entails looking for ways to combat corrupt activities, revamp the judiciary system, and introduce alternative methods to dispute resolutions, says Enrique Bolanos Geyer, president of the Republic of Nicaragua. His discussion focuses on his administration's anti-corruption campaign to reinforce democracy in the "new Nicaragua."

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Hamid Karzai
 
Hamid Karzai

Hamid Karzai, President of the Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan
Hamid Karzai, President of the Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan, discusses international and U.S. foreign policy and the reconstruction of Afghanistan. Karzai indicates that a draft constitution will be released to the public within two weeks and he outlines the necessary steps toward reconstruction and nation-building.

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Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee
 
Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister of India
Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister of India, discusses the current Indian economy and his plans for the future. He explains that "the resources for development available to developing countries remain far short of the needs."

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John Agyekum Kufuor
 
John Agyekum Kufuor

John Agyekum Kufuor, President of Ghana
John Agyekum Kufuor, President of Ghana, discusses critical issues in West African stability, Ghana's political progress and strides toward combating AIDS and malaria in the region. Kufuor indicates that over the past two years Ghana's fiscal and monetary management and credit rating have improved, and inflation has significantly decreased. Through additional government reforms, Kufuor envisions Ghana becoming a "middle-income earning economy" in the next decade.

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Vladimir Putin (English Version)
Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation
Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, focuses on broad international themes, U.S.-Russia relations, and current events in Russia. He indicates that through further diplomatic relations coupled with a more integrated approach to learning about each other, the United States and the Russian Federation can work closely together on confronting the threats to free and democratic societies.

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Vladimir Putin (Russian Version)

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Kamal Karrazi
 
Kamal Karrazi

Kamal Kharrazi, Foreign Minister of Iran
Kharrazi discusses security in the Persian Gulf region after the fall of Saddam Hussein.

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Production Number: 242
Shot: Sep 23, 2003
Published: Sep 30, 2003
Last modified:Oct 07, 2003