Friday, February 18, 2005

Tsunami Relief Effort

President Clinton and former president Bush will start their trip with a visit Thailand. They will be there in a few hours.

They will visit the village of Ban Namkhem, a fishing village in the south of Thailand, which was destroyed by the tsunami. They will inspect the reconstruction efforts and meet with local people. They will also meet Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

The next day, Sunday, February 20, they will visit Indonesia. They will first meet with the Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra. Later that same day they will visit Aceh.

Mr. Clinton and Mr. Bush will fly to Sri Lanka later that evening. On February 21, they will visit Matara, the southern part of the island. They will meet Sri Lankan president Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga and they will visit a water purification plant, which was built by an American company.

Their three day tour will end after a visit to the Maldives, a group of islands near India.