GMA CANCELS STATE VISITS TO EUROPE AND U.S.  

Manila, March 13, 2003 -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has cancelled her scheduled trips to Europe this month and to the United States in April due to the impending war in Iraq, her spokesman announced Thursday.

Presidential spokesperson Ignacio Bunye said the President has already informed the host countries about the cancellation. "She is waiting for a reply," Bunye said.

Malacanang sources said the decision to cancel the trips was arrived at last night.

The president was slated to go on state visit in Spain on March 22, and a working visit to Germany and Italy while on a swing in Europe. She was also scheduled to go on a state visit to the United States from April 2 to 5.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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