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During his administration, President George W. Bush made 48 international trips to 73 countries (in addition to visiting the West Bank), visiting every continent except Antarctica. President Bush traveled to Russia seven times, making it his most visited country while in office. President Bush also made several trips each to crucial allies such as Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Iraq.
In 2003, President Bush made history, becoming the first American President to make an official state visit to the United Kingdom. During the trip, President and Mrs. Bush dined with Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. President Bush met with Prime Minister Tony Blair and other British political leaders to discuss ways forward in the war against terror.
President Bush followed up one historic trip with another, becoming the first American president to visit Iraq, when he surprised American troops in Baghdad on Thanksgiving in 2003. In addition to breaking bread with US servicemen and women, the President also helped serve dinner.
During these international visits, President Bush met with dozens of world leaders and advanced causes important to him, notably the War on Terror, the fight against AIDS in Africa, the importance of democracy, and strengthening relations with the United States’ allies.