Bush Says NATO Must Remain Open

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- President Bush has told NATO leaders that the doors of the alliance must remain open and that it must give "a full and fair hearing" to other nations seeking to join.

Bush addressed the NATO summit Thursday in Bucharest, Romania, as Albania and Croatia were invited to join the alliance, now currently at 26 members. Macedonia's application to join was put aside and Bush expressed regret that a consensus could not be reached.

NATO also has denied for now giving Ukraine and Georgia a path toward membership. Bush says NATO's doors must remain open to other nations in Europe that share Western ideals of liberty. He said NATO must make clear that enlargement will continue.

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