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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin-Bush Summit Set for Sept. 26-27

DREXEL HILL, Pennsylvania -- The White House has formally announced that U.S. President George W. Bush and President Vladimir Putin will meet Sept. 26 to 27 at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland.

The Kremlin announced the summit last week; the White House made its announcement Monday evening during a Bush fundraiser in Pennsylvania.

The meeting comes as Russia and the United States seek to patch up relations after deep disagreement over the war in Iraq and continued debate about the postwar situation.

Moscow recently has given a cautious support to the U.S.-proposed UN resolution offering the United Nations a greater role in Iraq, even though it said the document needs more work.

While Bush is sure to lobby Putin during the meeting, the White House statement said only that the session was a chance to "deepen their cooperation to deal with the shared challenges of the 21st century."

During his trip to the United States, Putin also is to deliver a speech before the United Nations General Assembly in New York and hold bilateral and multilateral meetings, the Kremlin said.