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Ex-President Bush says son not being hasty over Iraq: Kaifu.

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 21 Kyodo

Former U.S. President George Bush said his son, President George W. Bush, is not being hasty in dealing with the crisis over Iraqi weapons, former Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu said Friday.

The elder Bush made the remarks to him in a meeting the previous day in Houston, Texas, Kaifu said at a press conference in Los Angeles.

During the meeting, the president called and told Kaifu via his father that the United States is making diplomatic efforts to resolve the standoff, the Japanese House of Representatives lawmaker said.

Kaifu and the elder Bush were in office at the time of the Persian Gulf War in 1991. Kaifu's visit came about after the elder Bush approached the Foreign Ministry.

Kaifu is a senior adviser to the New Conservative Party, the smallest of Japan's three ruling coalition parties, and is scheduled to return to Japan on Saturday.
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Date:Feb 24, 2003
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