United States' President George W. Bush has arrived in Bucharest shortly after 6 p.m. (local time) on Tuesday, together with his wife, Laura, to take part in the NATO Summit due on April 2-4.
Bush was welcomed by Defence Minister Teodor Melescanu, presidential advisor Mihai Stanisoara and U.S. ambassador to Romania Nicholas Taubman.
Secret Service members had begun, two hours before the Air Force One's arrival, checking with dogs the areas surrounding the Official Lounge of the Henri Coanda Airport. U.S. snipers could be seen closely surveying the area from the lounge roof. The U.S. officers collaborated throughout the operation with the Romanian Protection and Guard Service staff deployed in the area.
The U.S. president began his European tour on Monday, by a visit to Ukraine. Bush will meet Romanian President Traian Basescu in the Black Sea resort of Neptun on Wednesday.
Early on Wednesday, President Bush will deliver an address to the Trans-Atlantic Forum staged by the German Marshall Fund with the support of the Romanian Foreign Ministry and Chatham House, hosted by the CEC Savings Bank Palace.
Romanian Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu is likely to have a meeting with the White House leader on Friday, April 4, on the last day of the NATO Summit.
This is the second official visit paid by President Bush to Romania, after the one in 2004.
The U.S. president will continue his European tour by a visit to Croatia and to Russia, where he will meet President Vladimir Putin in Sochi.